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 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Reasons for Anarchy?

Posted: 25 Jul 2011, 1:28 pm 

Replies: 35
Views: 2,760


Most people would still want to get along, trade, build, travel, etc. Without permits for every single thing such becomes easier. Without taxes, it becomes less expensive, and without laws against owning weapons it becomes possible to defend ones property. Why do you assume that in the absence of g...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Does anyone here like Alex Jones he is a Christian and a Pro

Posted: 25 Jul 2011, 1:14 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 1,781


Alex Jones is a tinfoil hatter. I would compare him to the X-Files. Fine for entertainment, but not a rational view of the world.

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Reasons for Anarchy?

Posted: 25 Jul 2011, 1:05 pm 

Replies: 35
Views: 2,760


I am saying that by my teens I had determined I dislike government. By my 20s I had come to realise [I led a sheltered life, it took time] that most people cannot operate a humane anarchy. I think that the point of an anarchy is that no one is operating anything. Well, that would make it the centra...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Help a Harmless Drudge out, won't you?

Posted: 25 Jul 2011, 12:53 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 2,008


I am going to humiliate [base sense] myself and pretend I am not the supreme arbiter on all things linguistic. I think we are right there with you, and can agree that you are not the supreme arbiter. We need a word for authority based belief. What must we call it when a person believes something be...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Food for thought on the MSM on Oslo

Posted: 25 Jul 2011, 12:36 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 1,396


Ah, but he was a strange sort of Christian - a secular or cultural one. He did not seem to believe in doctrines related to God or religion, he merely saw the Church as a social institution that was good for people. In his manifesto, he talked much more about canon law and Nietzsche than about script...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Youth camp shootings follow Oslo explosion

Posted: 25 Jul 2011, 12:24 pm 

Replies: 84
Views: 5,396


I don't see it as a mental illness. I see it as a moral illness. Expatiate, please. What is it to have a moral illness? In the process please provide insight into your understanding of "moral". When someone chooses to steal, kill, or otherwise injure others, it is rarely a medical condition. Sure, ...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Don't suppose anyone in here's a Hellenicist? :lol:

Posted: 25 Jul 2011, 12:15 pm 

Replies: 19
Views: 1,487


Hellenecist?

I am part Greek, and Greek thought played a role in my up-bringing.

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Modern psychology is built on lies.

Posted: 25 Jul 2011, 12:04 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 887


Modern psychology is not a monolithic thing. If there is one unifying factor in psychology, it is the use of the scientific paradigm to arrive at truth. Some schools of psych are largely fluff, but in some areas, we are moving towards a better understanding of brain and mind.

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Are Republicans right do the Rich or the Wealthy create Jobs

Posted: 25 Jul 2011, 12:01 pm 

Replies: 79
Views: 4,526


Over the past 4 decades, the role of the wealthy has not been to create jobs, but to move them to low-wage areas of the world. And they have been rewarded handsomely for that. Since Reagan and Thatcher, we have reduced the top tax bracket remarkably, yet we have not ushered in an era of unprecedente...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Food for thought on the MSM on Oslo

Posted: 25 Jul 2011, 11:55 am 

Replies: 13
Views: 1,396


The Red Army Faction (Baader-Meinhof), the FLQ and the Red Brigade were all most assuredly leftist or extreme leftist, terrorist organizations. I agree. All were extremist groups that used violence and terror. There is a strong case to be made that the PLO and the IRA were both leftist--at least to...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Youth camp shootings follow Oslo explosion

Posted: 25 Jul 2011, 11:48 am 

Replies: 84
Views: 5,396


I don't see it as a mental illness. I see it as a moral illness.

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Youth camp shootings follow Oslo explosion

Posted: 25 Jul 2011, 7:54 am 

Replies: 84
Views: 5,396


... Lunacy can happen anywhere, anytime, unfortunately, and this was the result of simple lunacy, as far as I can tell. No. Absolutely not. He was a twisted zero negative, but cannot be written off as insane. He was rational and calculating, no evidence that he was not clearly aware of what he was ...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Unfortunate mistranslation in the Bible

Posted: 02 Sep 2009, 1:13 pm 

Replies: 22
Views: 2,392


NobelCynic wrote:
Ragtime wrote:
I won't be back to check this thread.

Really?



No, not really... there was a mis-translation. Ragtime meant he would be returning abruptly.

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Guns and sex

Posted: 20 Aug 2009, 8:41 am 

Replies: 45
Views: 5,089


I'd take sex any day over guns and I think many people would agree. Yes, many would - but too many would not. The average person sees tens of thousands of murders via TV and movies, but (until recently), sex was not shown. And explicit sex is still the quickest way to get a film a rating that will ...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Florida Christians protest atheist billboard

Posted: 17 Aug 2009, 12:39 pm 

Replies: 205
Views: 14,248


ruveyn wrote:
Both Stalin and Christopher Hitchen are atheists, yet they are so very different.


Hmmm ... are you sure about that?

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Florida Christians protest atheist billboard

Posted: 13 Aug 2009, 10:56 am 

Replies: 205
Views: 14,248


We are a silly nation, but we have enough sense to have saved Europe twice from destruction, brought about by its own corruption and mendacity. Basically, Americans are more honest and less cynical than Europeans. It's like the disclaimer on the stock prospectus says: "Past Performance Is Not Indic...
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