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Finding Joy Amid World’s Chaos

Tacitus X Wrote: Aug 05, 2014 1:53 PM
Trog - Your attempted sarcasm fails because you weirdly assume "life-affirming values" include using and exploiting other human beings and making them suffer. Obviously such a society would be the opposite of life-affirming, especially for little troglodites.
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Finding Joy Amid World’s Chaos

Tacitus X Wrote: Aug 04, 2014 1:15 PM
p18 -- your argument makes no sense. Lack of belief in supernatural entities is just that. It doesn't = "belief in nothing." Virtually all (atheists and theists alike) believe the universe exists. If you need a supernatural master with a flamethrower in one and a dish of candy in the other to do the right thing you're not acting morally - you're just performing. A good person acts in accordance with internally held, life-affirming values, not brainlessly reacting to reward and punishment like a lab rat.
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Finding Joy Amid World’s Chaos

Tacitus X Wrote: Aug 04, 2014 1:05 PM
AlwaysLiberty -- Open question for theists: where did God come from?
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Three Cheers for Ryan’s Plan

Tacitus X Wrote: Aug 02, 2014 9:03 PM
Supporting centralized federal government schemes for every conceivable problem is hardly "conservative." As for giving "tax refunds" to people who haven't paid taxes, the absurdity speaks for itself.
Frisky - you're assuming the President controls the economy and is responsible for every rise and drop. Spending and taxing bills originate in the House of Representatives and every dime spent by the federal government has to be appropriated by Congress. Clinton was dragged kicking and screaming into economic reform by the GOP's Contract with America. Bush 43 saw the Dims win majorities in both houses of Congress in 2006. The so-called Bush Recession not coincidentally began in Dec. 2007 when Bush was little more than the tail being wagged by the dog. Obama came into office with controlling majorities in both houses of Congress, got the big government insanity he wanted and the economy has remained in the dumper.
Can Asian people succeed in a country where there are no Asians? Can left-handed people succeed in a country where there are no lefties? Can medium-sized people succeed in a country where no one is medium-sized?
Political historian -- why dance around it? Here's the breakdown: The 1957 Civil Rights Act passed the House with a vote of 285 to 126 (Republicans 167-19 for, Democrats 118-107 for) and the Senate 72 to 18 (Republicans 43-0 for, Democrats 29-18 for). Republican president Eisenhower signed it on September 9, 1957. So the opposition overwhelmingly came from Democrats.
The "complexity" argument has it backwards. While a centralized government may theoretically be able to run a small society with a primitive economy, it obviously is unsuitable for a large, complex society because it cannot possibly gather and consider all the information generated and apply it to an impossibly large, interconnected web of shifting individuals and organizations.
You can add the creation of the EPA, OSHA, and affirmative action employment quotas. He also supported a minimum tax on the wealthy and guaranteed income for all Americans. His health care plan (ironically, defeated by the Democrats) was in many ways even more extreme than ObamaCare. Nixon was pro-big government, pro-public spending, and pro-social safety net.
I recommend St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea near Nome, Alaska. It is the 6th largest island in the U.S. -- 1,792 square miles. Sure, there are no trees on the island, but Obama and Michelle will be interested to hear that the local economy consists largely of subsistence hunting for walrus, seals, fish, and bowhead whales -- in fact the city of Savoonga calls itself the "Walrus Capital of the World". It seems perfect.
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Defining Life

Tacitus X Wrote: Jul 24, 2014 8:53 PM
Annfan - where is your evidence that Jefferson included zygotes in the phrase "human life" in this context?
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