I typically construct my arguments in a procedure, where one argument leads to the next. Like so;
Conclusion It should not be illegal to be a racist.
a. The problem with racists, is that they discriminate against other people.
b. To make, being racist, illegal, would be to discriminate against racists, who are people too. (correct me if I'm wrong)
c. So the only difference between the racist and the one discriminating, is which group of people they don't like.
However, I have a tendency to lose track of the person I am talking to, and not making sure they follow where I am going. Making sure they agree to the first argument before moving on to the next. (this often makes them reach another conclusion than me)
I am not a native English speaker, and most people I speak with aren't either, but many of my arguments piggyback on arguments I read or hear in debates in English. Often when I go on my rant, I use term completely unfamiliar to the person I am talking to, without actually knowing a good native equivalent.
To combat this, I have tried asking questions instead. With the hope that the language is mutually known, and the arguments understood, like so (I'll be John);
John: What is the problem with racists?
Jeff: They discriminate people, and are full of hate. (sometimes people don't even want to answer the question)
John: But, don't you hate racists? (might just use a similar word to hate)
Jeff: Of course.
John: And wouldn't it be discriminating to make it illegal, you are targeting a specific group?
Jeff: Yes, but it is a worse group, being black isn't a choice, but being racist is.
John: So isn't the only difference between the racist and you, which group of people they don't like.
Jeff: But the group .. (the argument isn't done, but the method of getting to the same conclusion is quite different)
This seems different from The Socratic Method which seems to focus on reaching agreement, and not to make a point. I tend to be quite reliant on the other person answering within what I expect.
Is this questioning style of argumentation recognized, and if so, advised or not? (I am not sure this is the correct forum, but IPS also seems off.)