Railing (was Re: The Spike, nanotech, and a future scenario)

Michael M. Butler (butler@comp*lib.org)
Tue, 07 Oct 1997 23:15:56 -0700

At 10:27 PM 10/7/97 -0400, Michael Lorrey wrote:
>Michael Butler wrote:
>> On Tue, 7 Oct 1997, Erik Moeller wrote:
>> <most of rant deleted>
>> > How can
>> > anyone deny that this is derived from nature, that it is evolution? How
>> > can anyone dare to speak against the words of the prophets with the holy
>> > names "Smith" and "Friedman"?
>> >
>> > The answer: By thinking.
>> Someone (I think it was a Supreme Court Justice, but I'm not sure...) once
>> said "Most people think that they are thinking when they are merely
>> rearranging their prejudices."
>> Seems to me that both you and those you rail against qualify.
>Sorry, I thought a list of historical precedent would be sufficient
>argument. Ok, maybe not.


My point was intended to be that "those [Erik] rail[s] against" --
(_in the sense of _half-baked_ free-market/laissez-faire types and/or
malignant power brokers who talk the laissez-faire talk but don't walk the
-- were guilty of doing the rearranging-prejudices thing: "Well, OF COURSE
it's OK for _MY_ special interest to get a government price support--there

I'm sure you'd acknowledge that such... ...tapeworms... ...exist.

I didn't mean that anyone he was replying to in this particular thread was
so doing.

I apologize for my part in the misunderstanding.


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