[FoRK] Re: The Shift...
bill at wstoddard.com
Thu May 26 19:53:04 PDT 2005
Jeff Bone wrote:
> Jim says:
>> "Jefferson fought against slavery all his life. Even in the
>> Declaration of Independence, he had inserted in the original draft a
>> section condemning the slave-trade, but that was deleted by Congress."
> Is it hypocrisy to give up an impossible fight to achieve bigger and
> more important goals?
>> Perhaps the same can be thought of the smoking issue. Its not
>> possible to
>> eliminate workplace risk in all industries, but perhaps it's possible to
>> eliminate one risk (smoking) in one (restaurants/bars), and create
>> such a
>> well-known example that it starts raising questions about practices
>> in the
> I'm not buying it.
> The goal of the prohibitionists is not about eliminating risk *for
> others.* It's just not, Jim. I believe that in your heart you know
> this just as well as I do. In your heart you know this is bald
> hypocrisy, and I'm embarrassed for you that you're continuing to
> advance this extremely specious "argument."
> And it's not about *eliminating personal risk* either. It is solely,
> purely, and completely a function of two things: an activist minority
Everyone serves their master. To give their life meaning. 'god', 'family', 'nation', 'nature', 'environment',
'technology', 'hedonism', whatever. Pick your cause de jour; these do gooders are not serving anyone but their
own sense of self.
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