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Forum: Diavlog comments 08-26-2011, 01:53 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 8,078
Posted By SteveD
Re: The Week in Blog: Living to Fight Another Day (Bill Scher & Guy Benson)

Guy Benson tells us that Jonah Goldberg -- author of "Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning" -- is fed up with all the name-calling...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-16-2011, 12:36 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 16,986
Posted By SteveD
Re: This Cutting Edge (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

I'm not a banker or a CEO, so obviously I don't get to tell the government what to do.

88% of Americans believe that "Big Companies" have "too much power and influence in Washington." 85% believe...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-16-2011, 12:01 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 16,986
Posted By SteveD
Re: This Cutting Edge (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

You're missing his point. Creditors are supposed to assume risk, due to the possibility of default; but if government picks up the tab to ensure that banks are immune from this risk (via 'toxic...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-17-2011, 08:31 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 15,093
Posted By SteveD
"foundation-supported"

"a quarter of our content is foundation-supported."

At last, a clear explanation for the massive over-representation of libertarians on bloggingheads.tv, and the corresponding lack of socialists...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-15-2011, 02:37 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,108
Posted By SteveD
Re: What Is There To Say? (Glenn Loury & Brink Lindsey)

When GL and BL agree, near the end, about the "waning fortunes of labour" and the "waxing fortunes of the Tea Party," agreeing that the former group has a "losing hand" while the latter group has "a...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-24-2011, 07:23 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 15,758
Posted By SteveD
Re: Science Saturday: Ethics of Infants (Joshua Knobe & Kiley Hamlin)

Just a small point: Emotivists believe that human beings do not make moral judgments, but rather only express attitudes and/or urge others to adopt attitudes. Either the research discussed in the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-23-2011, 02:04 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 15,758
Posted By SteveD
Re: Science Saturday: Ethics of Infants (Joshua Knobe & Kiley Hamlin)

Like others, I found this to be quite frustrating to watch. Surely, both Joshua Knobe and Kiley Hamlin, but especially Joshua Knobe (who is a philosopher), have to know that morality involves...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-16-2010, 12:13 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 19,540
Posted By SteveD
Which one is the libertarian?

What?! A diavlog with no libertarian participating? Whoever arranged this didn't get the memo dictating that (1) all diavlogs must feature a libertarian (except on Saturdays, when the libertarian may...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-18-2010, 12:30 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 22,557
Posted By SteveD
Re: Science Saturday: Primate Ethics

Yes, obviously no.

I agree that my characterization of what "the question" is wasn't adequate. I guess what I meant to say was that there is a kind of loose talk in the discussion to the effect...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-17-2010, 11:23 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 22,557
Posted By SteveD
Re: Science Saturday: Primate Ethics

Yes, of course. We could say (as Julia Kristeva does) that a baby's echolalia (baby talk) is, in your terms, a precursor of higher order poetry, or whatever. On the other hand, babies don't write...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-17-2010, 11:05 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 22,557
Posted By SteveD
Re: Science Saturday: Primate Ethics

I think most moral philosophers, who I presume we can agree are the ones with the most sophisticated picture of the nature of morality, would insist that morality depends on sapience, so that for an...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-11-2010, 11:14 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 14,153
Posted By SteveD
Re: The Challenge of Islam (Robert Wright & Akbar Ahmed)

I'm not going to comment on the larger issues, but I just want to point out that your 'recoiling' argument doesn't work. There are lots of people who don't recoil at the use of nuclear weapons on...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-20-2010, 05:12 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 22,057
Posted By SteveD
Re: The Quivering Lip of the Left

I hate to have to prove you wrong in such a public fashion. But here's documentary evidence...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-20-2010, 02:42 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 22,057
Posted By SteveD
Re: The Quivering Lip of the Left

South Carolina repealed the death penalty for sodomy about 135 years ago. So, that's a better record than countries that haven't repealed it even now. But it is certainly inaccurate to say that the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-20-2010, 02:35 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 22,057
Posted By SteveD
Re: The Quivering Lip of the Left

Well, I'm sorry to say that it's a plain fact of history that "sodomy" was in fact a capital crime in the late 18th century in several US states, and probably continuing into at least the 19th,...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-05-2010, 05:16 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 15,036
Posted By SteveD
Re: A Conspiracy So Vast (Robert Wright & Robert Kagan)

It is obviously relevant that he is a Zionist. But it is just obviously non-relevant that he is a Jewish Zionist (rather than a Christian one, say). Also, why on earth would you "dismiss the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-06-2010, 09:18 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 26,362
Posted By SteveD
Re: irrelevance of security

True, but how much more true in the cases of chocolate and children's toys (both verified by the BBC as excluded items, acc. Israeli government documents). No objective observer could possibly...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-06-2010, 09:10 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 26,362
Posted By SteveD
Re: irrelevance of security

The BBC has additional information (from documents submitted by the Isreali state to a court, and seen by the BBC):

"The BBC has received information from reliable sources that there are...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-06-2010, 08:55 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 26,362
Posted By SteveD
Re: irrelevance of security

You have quoted the source out of context. The original says: "...based on their experience requesting permission to bring goods into Gaza and the answers they receive from the Israeli authorities...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-06-2010, 08:15 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 26,362
Posted By SteveD
Re: irrelevance of security

You are mistaken (or dishonest). The 'Economist' article says that tea, A4 paper and chocolate were "at one point" prohibited (a formula that is neutral with respect to whether they are banned at the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-06-2010, 01:05 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 26,362
Posted By SteveD
irrelevance of security

Legality aside, it is clear that the blockade of Gaza by the occupiers (even as they claim to have "withdrawn" from Gaza) is obviously immoral.

The main moral justification offered by the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-04-2010, 12:16 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 17,211
Posted By SteveD
Re: Diversions from real bad actors

It would be morally problematic to say that anything good could come from the IDF flotilla killings. However, it has been hard not to take some satisfaction in the shift in pro-Israel (zionist)...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-29-2010, 11:15 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 18,203
Posted By SteveD
Re: Do liberals know what they are asking for?

Obviously it depends on who "you" is. If you're asking people in Gaza these questions ("ability to speak out against parties in power without fear of retribution or death"?!; "western style...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-27-2010, 10:48 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 18,203
Posted By SteveD
Re: A View From Gaza (Robert Wright & Bassam Nasser)

"Why is it that the one state solution is considered such a long shot?"
Most Israelis, and almost all supporters of their project, notably the US government and the EU, regard a one state solution,...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-07-2010, 08:15 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 26,837
Posted By SteveD
Re: Snowpocalypse Edition (Ana Marie Cox & Rich Lowry)

Kos is not an extremist like National Review's Jonah Goldberg, who wrote the book, 'Liberal Fascism.'
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