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.
"Peter...thinks real life is not as important as intellectual life".
This is Orwellian doublespeak meaning don't ever take someone like this serious. The only difference between him and the nerds who spend hours and days playing video games is that they at least know how to play video games. They both dabble in fantasy and ignore reality.
I was Asperger-y enough in my younger years that I sort of get Singer's approach. The image I used to use in the Prometheus Society was that if you are strong enough, you can force a screw even if it's cross-threaded. And it will work in some situations, or for a while. But eventually, a situation arises in which it no longer works. At that point, one must turn around and go back to the last place that made sense (as CS Lewis said), before proceeding onward. Singer has been unable to do that.
So are we all. But some have had humility forced upon us by humiliation, and can pause.
Assistant Village Idiot
It doesn't sound crazy to those of us who also perceive Singer as a truly evil man.
I don't get the impression that Singer ever intends to see his ideas implemented, especially as law. However, his arguments are useful because the DO invoke a gut response, a response from our rich set of social instincts rather than Spockian logic. We are forced (if only in our own minds) to define and defend our own humanity.