Did civilised political discussion ever exist? Today, in the networked age, anything that does not conform will be pounced on immediately by the hive mind and condemned.
There is no point engaging in political advocacy because over time, only the people with the worst motives remain in the pool.
We shouldn’t be surprised at the welfare maximising behaviour of List MPs when it comes to free travel and spouting crazy talk like the RBNZ being owned by foreigners.
But we should be surprised at the fact some people still think that there is some sort of egalitarian playing field where everyone gets to contribute.
This was never the case, never will be, and it is a waste of resources to engage in advocacy to create some sort of twisted opinion or policy panopticon to simultaneously enable “direct democracy” and complete subservience to group think.
Non-partisan doesn’t mean what you think it means. In fact, it is an abuse of the English language to say that encouraging voting by young people is a “non-partisan” activity.