We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Rosenberg argues that belief in free will and purpose and all that (see above) is belief in hokum of the same order as belief in God. The atheists’ self-image as the hero nihilist choosing her fate is condemned as being just as hopeless as the religious self image.
Everybody "believes in something," even if it is only Self. Self is a false idol. Question is whether the "something" is worthy of devotion.
I'll offer to teach Tea Party 101 for free. After all, it was a much bigger deal, with clean, non-sociopathic and polite people, involved tons more people with no arrests, and had real impact. Guess the Academic Left doesn't care for those sots of things.
40,000 new laws - any idea how many new regulations?
I'm reminded of an article published in 1886, in which the author prefaces his analysis with
The writer of this article has for several years been occupied with a work which involved carful study and comparison of all the statute book of the United States. And the statutes, however contemptuously the court of law regard them, are after all on the utterance of the people's will.
At 40,000 new laws a year, I doubt anyone could ever complete a cursory overview of the statutes of the United States. My how times have changed.
And if the statutes are the People's will, we must assume it the the subconscious will as no one could be consciously aware of even the current changes much less those already on the books.
I've only skimmed the Slate article on "Progress", but it's touching on something I've believed for a long time: there's no such thing as progress, at least in the sense Progressives think of it. Time may be an arrow, but history isn't; it doesn't point inexorably toward any inevitable end.
More importantly, the human animal doesn't improve or "progress". We're not essentially different from the Romans, or the ancient Greeks. There aren't any fundamental moral questions or human answers to those questions existing today that didn't always exist.
Talking with some Progressive, you get the sense that they actually think not only that they're improving, or can improve the inherent moral quality of people, but that it's been done. That people today are actually inherently improved versions of what came before.
Here and there some peoples may have established societies that are morally advanced, that as a whole respond to moral issues in a better way, but that's a time-bound achievement. There is no new, improved reality. There's no new human consciousness either, activists can't "raise" it, and you're not going to make for yourself a "New Soviet Man".
We don't see farther and we don't see clearer. We still live under the same ground rules: everybody gets born without asking for it and dies despite their best efforts. That's a tough bracket, it's not "fair", but I'm okay with it.
My husband just strolled by my computer, gazed at the picture of the Romneys in all their glory, and gave that wonderful Texas put-down. "Those boys are just too pretty to work." Now Now. But it does make me curious to find out what each one does for a living. Is there any info on that floating around the Internet? Is any one of them a Chippendale? A male model? Anyone out there in maggiesfarm know?
Managing Partner at Solamere Capital , CMO at L.A. Dodgers, Vice President of OnField Marketing at Reebok, Director of Strategic Planning at Elan Corp.; B.Sc Economics, BYU and MBA from Harvard
Matthew Romney (1971)
VP of Property Management at Excel Legacy Corp, Product Manager for Microsoft Corp.; Bachelor of Arts from BYU and MBA from Harvard
Joshua Romney (1975)
Owner of Romney Ventures (a real estate developer), Acquisition Analyst at Intercontinental Real Estate; Bachelor of Arts from BYU and MBA from Harvard.
Josh served in a number of political positions in the past several years, most notably as an advisor to his father’s presidential campaign and Utah Governor’s Gary Herbert gubernatorial campaign.
Dr. Benjamin Romney (1978)
Practices Internal Medicine in Boston; Degree in Management from BYU and a medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine.
Craig Romney (1981)
Advertising Music Producer at McGarry Bowen; Bachelor Degree in Communication, Brigham Young University (BYU)
Rosenbergs challenge to atheists is quite reasonable, but unlikely to have much effect. Of the advocacy types, they are not much interested in being reasonable as in self-congratulation that they are special. He takes that away from them, and they'll ignore it. He cites Nietzsche accurately, and I will submit that as my proof. People have had Freddy's truth available for well over a century without it penetrating beyond using his name as an incantation.
I have a great deal of respect for that type of atheist, BTW.
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