Costume of the allegorical figure "Rhetoric" (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
"It is undeniable that negotiation and conflict resolution are skills, and that in certain situations those skills are valuable. In other situations, however, negotiation may not be the best strategy. The general devaluation of argument as a communication skill has some potentially worrying implications. Taken to its logical conclusion it would undermine the belief - in fact the classic, liberal belief - in the value of rational discourse for revealing the truth and correcting error."