Liberty and Private Power


This is interesting: over at Crooked Timber, there's a massive discussion going on about Libertarians and the abuses of private power. It was started by Corey Robin, and has grown to involve a much broader community. Chris Bertram has distilled the conversation as much as possible and produced a link studded post that tracks the arguments.I think Robin sums up his stance in his most recent post:While libertarianism may begin as a critique of state coercion in the name of personal … [Read more...]

House: If You Could Reason With Religious People…

house md if you could reason with religious people, there would be no religious people

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Can I hear an Amen?

i'm not arguing i'm just explaining why i'm right

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Appealing to Scientific Values

Water is two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. What if someone says, "Well, that's not how I choose to think about water."? All we can do is appeal to scientific values. And if he doesn't share those values, the conversation is over. If someone doesn't value evidence, what evidence are you going to provide to prove that they should value it? If someone doesn't value logic, what logical argument could you provide to show the importance of logic?

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Thomas Paine on Arguing With the Illogical

thomas paine arguing

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