Re: Theory of Reparations

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Thu Aug 02 2001 - 12:04:17 MDT

From: "Lee Corbin" <>
> Some of us who oppose reparations fail, I think, to fully
> take into account one of the chief arguments of those who
> do. As one of them explained, recently, it's not so much
> individuals, or perhaps even racial groups, that they
> want held accountable. They want entire *nations*, i.e.,
> the collective state that to them is the legitimate
> embodiment of "the people" to be held accountable. Quite
> a few libertarians easily forget that collectivists really
> do see states and nations not only as valid abstractions
> (which I do too) but as extremely necessary and very
> vital entities that in many ways are better, wiser, and
> more just than the mere individuals of a region.

In addition, I think some people see "reparations" as an extension of welfare
handouts. Since the expansion of socialistic welfare has been somewhat slowed
recently, some socialists see "reparations" schemes as another way to advance
their agenda.

--J. R.

Useless hypotheses, etc.:
 consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, Cyc, Eliza, and ego.

     Everything that can happen has already happened, not just once,
     but an infinite number of times, and will continue to do so forever.
     (Everything that can happen = more than anyone can imagine.)

We won't move into a better future until we debunk religiosity, the most
regressive force now operating in society.

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