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.
The Guardian recently published a wicked satire of moral relativism, a Swiftian send-up entitled “End human rights imperialism now” with the classic sub-heading “Groups such as Human Rights Watch have lost their way by imposing western, ‘universal’ standards on developing countries.” Brilliant! Hahahahaha! I didn’t know the Guardian had branched out into humor.
But about five minutes after my laughter subsided, a horrible suspicion dawned on me: Could it be that the author was serious?
The notion of human rights is about as Western as it comes.
"I'm not racist, I know people who voted for Obama, although I try not to talk politics with them because we'll just get into an argument and they'll accuse me of being racist when they're losing in order to end the discussion."
That should work like a charm.
No it won't, Prof. That sounds very racist to me. The below is just a figment of Vanderleun's imagination:
Noam Chomsky was one of the great scholars of linguistics in his day; I well recall studying his transformational grammar theories during my university days.
At the same time, his politics have always been those of an outright crank. I've no doubt that if he were commenting from the right of the political spectrum, he'd have been dismissed as a wingnut years ago.
That said, Chomsky did come up with one enduring line that I consider a "keeper":
"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all."
Re ...not a food problem but a self control problem....
One wonders how serious our government masters are about fighting obesity? If they are indeed serious, one wonders how long until they float the idea of caloric rationing for the masses to achieve their goals?