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by henry quirk
Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Freedom of Religion
Replies: 35
Views: 291

a ground for "rights"

Here's two... 1-I exist, value myself, value my autonomy. Strike at my existence, at 'me', at my autonomy: I self-defend. If I win: I've successfully asserted and defended my existence, myself, my autonomy. If I lose: I'm dead or enslaved. So: a ground for 'rights' is my valuing of my existence, mys...
by henry quirk
Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Rebuilding Notre Dame vs. Helping the Poor
Replies: 27
Views: 289

this is Gary's question from his opening...

"If it in fact does come down to a tradeoff and you have a billion dollars to spend, do you put it toward fixing a building that is considered a national treasure or do you spend it on helping the poor and let the national treasure lay in waste?"

It's a thought experiment... :neutral:
by henry quirk
Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Freedom of Religion
Replies: 35
Views: 291

two cents...

"...every person has the right to choose his own religion. But this right must be predicated on the basis that everyone has the right to his own private religion." This seems to be the case: I, for example, have recently moved from an indifferent agnosticism to a slightly less indifferent deism. As ...
by henry quirk
Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Rebuilding Notre Dame vs. Helping the Poor
Replies: 27
Views: 289

I can help...

"You haven't yet defined what makes their money "theirs" in the first place. Simply: the money is mine if I earned it (through providing services or products, that is: I do or provide 'this', you pay me 'that'). It's an (Austrian) market. I take a dim view of 'interest'...don't consider it 'earned'....
by henry quirk
Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:56 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Rebuilding Notre Dame vs. Helping the Poor
Replies: 27
Views: 289

"free people spending their money how they wish?!?"

unthinkable!

audacious!

unforgivable!
by henry quirk
Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Why is nazism popular today?
Replies: 225
Views: 1686

meh

:walking:
by henry quirk
Sat Apr 20, 2019 2:24 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Why is nazism popular today?
Replies: 225
Views: 1686

"The far-right is all over the weeb and social media punting their rebranded toss." Just like everyone...not seein' any one line of thinkin' dominating the net ether. # "They are also out and about murdering people and politicians." Here, in America, it's self-described socialists makin' with the vi...
by henry quirk
Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Why is nazism popular today?
Replies: 225
Views: 1686

"I think the whole premise of this strand is screwed up." That's why I focused my attention elewhere, from the start. # "What's popular...is damning your opposition AS "Nazis" and abusing them instead of hearing whatever they might have to say." True. They ask "is is it wrong to punch a nazi?"; I sa...
by henry quirk
Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Why is nazism popular today?
Replies: 225
Views: 1686

"I don't really care one way or the other at this point what you do with your taxes."

Then we're on the same page, you and me: you don't care if I'm a criminal; I don't care if you're a sucker.

This is how civillization starts.
by henry quirk
Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Why is nazism popular today?
Replies: 225
Views: 1686

Gary, consider this...

...you're in line at the grocery: your basket has what you reckon to be about ten dollars worth of products. You might be off a dollar or two in either direction, but you expect to pay no more than twelve and no less than eight bucks. You reach the checkout, your items are rung up, you're told your ...
by henry quirk
Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Why is nazism popular today?
Replies: 225
Views: 1686

"Just as climate change protesters arguably should reject some obligations to keep the peace when they are climbing up stuff to draw attention to their cause."

Indeed: clamor and climb and chain (not on my roof, though, cuz I'll just shoot you down [with the kid's pellet gun]).
by henry quirk
Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Why is nazism popular today?
Replies: 225
Views: 1686

"Cheating" on taxes would be unethical and akin to freeloading on the dime of those who meet their allotted tax obligations." If the bulk of my taxes are spent in ways I disagree with, and I get no relief through the ballot box, givin' less is protest. As for the ethics: mine say 'don't get robbed' ...
by henry quirk
Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: How construct a sound Ethical Theory?
Replies: 195
Views: 2959

"The Golden Rule (when correctly understood) is completely compatible with the fresh, new paradigm for Ethics..."

...and with the very old, very sensible MYOB.

So: I'll go my way, you go yours, yeah?

Too bad (for me): your way won't allow you to leave me be.

Too bad (for you): leavin' me be is the only option I'm givin' you.
by henry quirk
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Why is nazism popular today?
Replies: 225
Views: 1686

"You are...welcome to yadda yadda yadda." I pay folks, folks pay me...it's called 'transacation'...it's called 'contract'...it's called 'civillization': 'polituburo' isn't needed or wanted (by me). # "Henry, you live in a society." No: I live in close proximity to other folks, most of them strangers...