For the record, my views are sympatico with Douglas Milnes; the key difference between “others” and “us” is that if a person states opinion as fact, they ought to be able to point to the fact.
If you listen to professional provocateurs like Milo or Ann Coulter, their audiences tend to get the most enraged when they use data to prove their politically incorrect points.
Critical thinking requires one to form opinions after the data; but, today’s activist/agitator/social thinker seems to constantly do just the opposite. Their opinions are formed on some abstract what-seems-right-to-them, not actual facts on the ground.
In short, yes, debate about these issues nowadays centers (and you can read articles like this all over Medium) on how people FEEL about this or that, and seems to implicitly assume that good governance should be based on people’s FEELINGS.
I can tell you categorically that good governance cannot take “feelings” into account. It must do what the data suggests must be done.