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Forum: Diavlog comments 10-01-2011, 02:12 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 7,125
Posted By pod2
Re: John Rawls in the West Bank (Robert Wright & Fadi Quran)

Wait, what? I don't know what gave you the idea that Syria's abuses are "acceptable" to me. The fact that a bully across town is beating kids' faces in is not "acceptable," but it is still obvious...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-30-2011, 10:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,537
Posted By pod2
Re: The State of Palestine (Robert Wright & Matthew Lee)

Whatever the case, Matthew Lee's diavlogs are invariably way more informative, funny, and substantive than most, and I would love to see more. This year's pairings are a definite improvement on the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-30-2011, 09:49 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 7,125
Posted By pod2
Re: John Rawls in the West Bank (Robert Wright & Fadi Quran)

I think it comes back to the simple maxim that seems obvious to elementary school children in other contexts-- we are more responsible for changing bad behavior that we are taking an active role in...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-30-2011, 08:38 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 7,125
Posted By pod2
Re: John Rawls in the West Bank (Robert Wright & Fadi Quran)

Excellent diavlog-- RW's trip to Israel and the West Bank has had quite an effect on the recent roster, and it's definitely welcome. Hearing voices like Fadi Quran is nearly unthinkable in most US...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-26-2011, 11:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,537
Posted By pod2
Re: The State of Palestine (Robert Wright & Matthew Lee)

Again, magnificent. Matthew Lee's diavlogs always have the lowest bs-to-elapsed time ratios. Someone who is NOT committed to reciting talking points and has a significant amount of information and...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-20-2011, 09:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,154
Posted By pod2
Re: Live From the West Bank (Robert Wright & Younes Arar)

Those lunatic Israeli leftists should take a close look at all of those lunatic, white, ANC sympathizers and ask themselves where opposition to decades-long occupation and state-codified...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-19-2011, 09:32 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 16,861
Posted By pod2
Re: The absurdity of liberal internationalists

A sham trial by the Taliban would not have been acceptable to me either.

However, extradition was a possibility worth pursuing. And my central point is the incredible fact that the Taliban offer...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-19-2011, 08:55 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 16,861
Posted By pod2
Re: The absurdity of liberal internationalists

I am not convinced that sanctions would have been effective in forcing the Taliban to turn over OBL either.

However, I think it is crazy that the US intellectual class is completely unaware that...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-18-2011, 09:17 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 16,861
Posted By pod2
Re: Lessons Learned: The Creation of Terrorists (Robert Wright & Scott Atran)

Great diavlog all around, as ledocs and others have said.

It is remarkable that al Qaeda can put out hours of video propaganda about the Bosnian conflicts of the 90s and not mention the fact that...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-11-2011, 12:20 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 9,491
Posted By pod2
Re: Science Saturday: Black Martian Linguists (John McWhorter & Joshua Knobe)

Wow! This just confirms Josh Knobe's status as most thoughtful, provocative, depth-plumbing interviewer in bastard-tongue-ese. He without fail seems to bring both core and commonly overlooked aspects...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-10-2011, 12:18 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 18,508
Posted By pod2
Re: Talking Black (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

Two things that have bothered me about diavlogs involving McWhorter and Loury recently:

1) Reliance on stylistic rhetoric when describing race-related conversation. It seems that, for these two,...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-15-2011, 11:31 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 22,920
Posted By pod2
Re: Drum Roll, Please! (David Corn & James Pinkerton)

Hey folks, I love Corn and Pinkerton and I'm not sure why the conversation has gone down this rabbithole again, but here goes...

Re 1) Chomsky has described the Holocaust as "the most fantastic...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-04-2011, 10:02 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 27,687
Posted By pod2
Re: All Smells Are On the Record Edition (Robert Wright & Matthew Lee)

Finally! Matthew Lee is back? What happened? Listening to his reporting is a perfect antidote to punditry and posing that passes for reporting in most outfits that cover domestic issues, and to...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-06-2010, 12:34 AM
Replies: 242
Views: 42,865
Posted By pod2
Re: An Advertisement for Openness (Glenn Greenwald & Matt Welch)

So, your stance is that you don't think he has much to say about the direction domestic economic affairs should head? Too much to link, just do some research.



I would love to hear about...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-06-2010, 12:13 AM
Replies: 242
Views: 42,865
Posted By pod2
Re: An Advertisement for Openness (Glenn Greenwald & Matt Welch)

It would be interesting to hear what you think of all those figures who yelled so loudly to condemn the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia that ended the atrocities. Are they to be criticized? ...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-05-2010, 11:53 PM
Replies: 242
Views: 42,865
Posted By pod2
Re: An Advertisement for Openness (Glenn Greenwald & Matt Welch)

Did you read the wikipedia entry on libertarian socialism? Because it pretty much a) describes how any societal change should be popular, democratic, and anti-idealist/vanguard and b) explains how...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-05-2010, 11:32 PM
Replies: 242
Views: 42,865
Posted By pod2
Re: An Advertisement for Openness (Glenn Greenwald & Matt Welch)

Ok, this is a good example of how not to back up your assertions with sources. There is not a single quotation that shows how Chomsky is "defending" the Khmer Rouge. He has compared their...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-05-2010, 11:10 PM
Replies: 242
Views: 42,865
Posted By pod2
Re: An Advertisement for Openness (Glenn Greenwald & Matt Welch)

And here comes the cavalry-- thanks, guys (graz, AemJeff), even if this is mostly a mopping-up 'operati'on at this point.
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-05-2010, 11:07 PM
Replies: 242
Views: 42,865
Posted By pod2
Re: An Advertisement for Openness (Glenn Greenwald & Matt Welch)

I would be impressed if you found a quotation that "explicitly" shows this.

Do you think that George Orwell and Adam Smith are also secret authoritarians and Rousseau-ian (but only in the special...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-05-2010, 10:59 PM
Replies: 242
Views: 42,865
Posted By pod2
Re: An Advertisement for Openness (Glenn Greenwald & Matt Welch)

I would like to see a citation of Chomsky defending Pol Pot and/or the Khmer Rouge. He has repeatedly called their regime monstrous, and has in fact cited the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia as one...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-05-2010, 10:18 PM
Replies: 242
Views: 42,865
Posted By pod2
Re: An Advertisement for Openness (Glenn Greenwald & Matt Welch)

Ok, sorry I was unclear. I agreed that Rousseau was used as a groundwork for authoritarianism.



Ok, this is just unhelpful. Chomsky has published, spoken, been interviewed, etc. for nearly 50...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-05-2010, 10:10 PM
Replies: 242
Views: 42,865
Posted By pod2
Re: An Advertisement for Openness (Glenn Greenwald & Matt Welch)

Ok, but Mao and Lenin were a) lunatics, b) obsessed with preserving and expanding their own authority, and c) explicit in advocating for a VANGUARD of elites who would dictate the "correct" or "red"...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-05-2010, 10:02 PM
Replies: 242
Views: 42,865
Posted By pod2
Re: An Advertisement for Openness (Glenn Greenwald & Matt Welch)

No, no, no. Just because another way to achieve Chomsky's "vision" (which you don't seem to have a solid grasp of) does not occur to you, does NOT mean that, q.e.d. he must believe in Bolshevism. ...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-05-2010, 09:55 PM
Replies: 242
Views: 42,865
Posted By pod2
Re: An Advertisement for Openness (Glenn Greenwald & Matt Welch)

How about this claim,which is pretty strong: "I also think that Rousseau is essentially a groundwork for authoritarianism (Pol Pot was a huge fan of his writings), but that Chomsky is more...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-05-2010, 09:25 PM
Replies: 242
Views: 42,865
Posted By pod2
Re: An Advertisement for Openness (Glenn Greenwald & Matt Welch)

From wikipedia's entry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libertarian_socialism)on libertarian socialism:

"Contrary to popular opinion, libertarian socialism has not traditionally been a utopian...
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