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Forum: Diavlog comments 05-14-2009, 06:33 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 26,697
Posted By atropos
I guess it's supposed to bother me..

I guess it's supposed to bother me that people who have committed their lives to killing Americans piss themselves in high stress situations as a result of being tortured - but it doesn't. In fact, I...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-19-2009, 08:27 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 54,513
Posted By atropos
Re: Do utilitarians have to support colonialism?

To Tyler's question with respect to the benefits of colonialism and whether or not a utilitarian has to argue that colonialism was good:

Utilitarianism always has a horizon problem. In terms of...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-12-2009, 04:41 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 19,020
Posted By atropos
Re: That Dangerous Secret Ballot

Agreed.

This story on Hoffa at teamster.org may interest you: http://www.teamster.org/content/hoffa-commends-sponsors-employee-free-choice



It seems to me that secret ballots allow people to...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-12-2009, 08:13 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 24,336
Posted By atropos
Re: The Curious Case of Chas Freeman

I was hoping to let the subject drop with you but since you followed me into the discussion I was having with mvantony I suppose I will respond.

I think you're right that in the end it is...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-12-2009, 07:54 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 19,020
Posted By atropos
Re: Meeting of the Matts

Just for the record Welch points out that Obama didn't wait 5 days before signing the omnibus bill per his campaign promise.

The White House does appear to have made an effort...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-12-2009, 07:48 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 19,020
Posted By atropos
Re: Meeting of the Matts

Since I don't know you very well it is difficult to tell if you're being ironic or not. From one perspective your statement could be seen as highly ironic - Yglesias' major push on the Freeman...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-11-2009, 05:56 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 24,336
Posted By atropos
Re: The Curious Case of Chas Freeman

You are, of course, correct. My quote above is unfortunate. I've tried to maintain consistently that the China issue should be dealt with on the merits. I gave you a sloppy response there. I'm making...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-11-2009, 05:10 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 13,706
Posted By atropos
Re: WatchThisDiavlog WatchThisDiavlog WatchThisDiavlog

I don't often agree with Pinkerton but every once in awhile he says something interesting or, as in this case, leads me to something interesting.

Did you read Douthat's post that Pinkerton linked...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-11-2009, 04:11 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 24,336
Posted By atropos
Re: The Curious Case of Chas Freeman

This might be the first fragment of a thought of yours with which I agree. I will take it to heart and make this my last post on this subject. Feel free to have the last word.

I will apply my...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-11-2009, 12:52 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 24,336
Posted By atropos
Re: The Curious Case of Chas Freeman

I agree that people generally concern themselves with issues that matter to them. I agree that this issue matters to the Chinese dissidents - and likely to many others as well. Those people are...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-11-2009, 12:15 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 24,336
Posted By atropos
Re: The Curious Case of Chas Freeman

1) I have granted the point on the "merit" or "strength" of an argument. I then pointed out that no one operates from the ideal position of being able to respond to all possible objections on their...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-11-2009, 01:27 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 24,336
Posted By atropos
Re: Do motives matter?

See the above discussion at http://brainwaveweb.com/forum/showthread.php?p=106466&posted=1#post106466 for a response
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-11-2009, 01:26 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 24,336
Posted By atropos
Re: The Curious Case of Chas Freeman

It is precisely how arguments work in the real world. Let me be more clear so that my position isn't as easily caricatured.

There is, in my view, one major valid reason to argue: to attempt to...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-10-2009, 11:57 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 24,336
Posted By atropos
Re: The Curious Case of Chas Freeman

Brian's point is simple and compelling: motive matters. It matters in intellectual life and it matters in political life. Anyone who is motivated to torpedo the Freeman nomination because of their...
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