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November 20, 2003

Alas! A Link

Pink Dream Poppies, on Alas! A Blog, had this great post about "his kind of conservatives." He echoes my thoughts on this and I will go one further, that these criteria can be applied to conservatives, liberals, Republicans, Democrats, Whosits and Whatsits alike. While the religious slant may be more common among conservatives, there are plenty of other irrational arguments bandied about to prove a point by other groups. I am opposed to emotional terrorism from any sector. An excerpt here:

So what's my type of conservative? People who will debate policy, ethics, and political philosophy without ever falling back on the excuse that their God told them so and that's the way it is. It's possible to argue with someone who says "the free market does a better job of predicting social needs than does the government," but it's just not possible to argue with someone who says "we should do X because God says so."

He explains how difficult it is to create legislation and policy based on what a subset of society considers moral or not, and cites examples of things that religious people may find immoral, but that aren't legislated. Interesting post and well worth the read.

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I guess my favorite kind of conservative is actually a libertarian. Trouble is, conservative usually is just a nice way of saying "reactionary." Which is a nice way of saying "ignorant, frightened person."
Deus ex rectum (pig latin for "pulling god out of your ass to win an argument") has never much impressed me as a truthfinding tool.

Posted by: caleb at Nov 20, 2003 11:12:40 PM

"deus ex rectum" I like that! I have never heard it put that way before.

Posted by: Alicia at Nov 21, 2003 7:04:31 AM

Great website, I'll be sure to check it out tommorow! :)

Posted by: Andrew at Nov 21, 2003 4:30:52 PM

I was inspired by your quotes section that I decided to do it myself, I'll give you credit in my next post tommorow.

Posted by: Andrew at Nov 21, 2003 8:04:30 PM

Thanks, Andrew!

Posted by: Alicia at Nov 21, 2003 8:32:58 PM