Jonathan ticks a lot of these boxes and understanding how he operates is crucial when reading his work or engaging him in discussion.
When engaging with Jonathan on these matters or any other kind of disagreement one needs to understand a few ground rules.
Jonathan does not discuss, he debates and as such treats the whole exchange as a battle for superiority in which he sets himself the challenge to dominate his opponent and win at all costs.
Anyone attempting to disagree with Jonathan needs to be aware that Jonathan will always assume an authoritative role in any discussion; he fancies himself in the role of an instructor and will often demand specific evidence or inform you of what you need to do in order to improve your arguments and your credibility in his eyes.
For those who accept Jonathan’s terms and conditions and seek to redeem themselves in his eyes, the discussion is over before it begins. Like all skilled debaters Jonathan is looking to impose his authority and corral his opponent. Accepting his terms and conditions grants him the control he is looking for, what follows is a protracted war of attrition where Jonathan will proceed to steer, control, dominate, intimidate, deride and dismiss until most people become exhausted and simply give up.
In the absence of his opponent, Jonathan proceeds to claim the coveted last word and declares victory. Truth in Jonathan’s eyes seems to be the right of those who can get the last word.
It needs to be understood before one engages with Jonathan, that if you are opposing him and you are perceived as beneath him he will never admit he is wrong, he will never concede a point, ever, he will never apologise, he will never back down and he will always get the last word. This is about mastery, vindication and the humiliation of his opponent. Truth, fairness, a brotherly spirit, benefit of the doubt does not enter into it.
When opposed Jonathan is caustic, derisive and shows no respect whatsoever for his opponent. There are a few who Jonathan perceives as above, the rest are arrayed below and Jonathan will not tolerate dissent.