• I am gratified Enco you are somewhat capable of conceding a point. I don’t know Enco, I don’t know enough about US states to comment on any of this. I wouldn’t want to live in a place that doesn’t have gun control and I wouldn’t want to live in a place where the majority prefer it. It is entirely sensible to put reasonable controls on extremely…[Read more]

  • Then I guess I read Vermont’s laws incorrectly because it seems like they raised the age, required background checks beyond federal laws and enacted a whole slew of new laws on gun control Enco.


    Seems like a shit ton of gun control to me beyond federal legislation. What do I know…I’m not…[Read more]

  • Being able to “open carry” is small fish in terms of gun control. Vermont has numerous gun control laws include age restrictions, some licensing, background checks and ability to seize guns. People who advocate for gun control laws do not necessarily say all guns should be banned. It is simply putting reasonable limits on an extremely dangerous…[Read more]

  • No you cannot know what consequences are going to be. You can assume and/or predict but you cannot know. That is an essential motivation for taking deontological ethics seriously. You can very likely know the consequences of dropping a large object from a high distance. You cannot know the consequences of lying. There are simply too many unknowns.…[Read more]

  • I think that all moral systems deal with actions and consequences. Consequentialism (a highly problematic approach in my opinion) obviously deals with consequences more. I would not characterise deontological systems as focussing on one more than the other. It is a fairly unique system, quite different to the others in many aspects and it includes…[Read more]

  • Deontological ethical systems (especially some more modern versions of them) of which Kant’s ethical system is an example, is the strongest ethical system there is. While it is not always practical (and no one ever said it isn’t) it demonstrates quite clearly that moral laws are formulated for a reason and breaking them (even in anticipation of it…[Read more]

  • Jake, are you comparing being a Muslim with being a Pedophile?

  • I mean, burning nylon is problematic, unless you are really desperate for a cheap, toxic and short lived high. Though I would say paint thinner might work better?

  • I am not against people having the right to burn books, flags or symbols. But it is obnoxious. If you don’t like the book or flag, throw it out or recycle it. Burning it is pointless hooliganism.

  • I have a problem with people who call someone who criticises ideas from Islam or Judaism or policies within Arab countries or Israel as “Islamophobic” or “Anti-Semitic”. We should be able to criticise ideas, especially those which assault the dignity of others or encroach on the basic rights of people.

    However I don’t believe that this means…[Read more]

  • Enco, thanks for strawmanning the shit out of me. Your cop out is such bullshit, I promise this is the last time I engage on anything tinted by your libertarian ideology.

    All things in terms of people’s standards of living are quantifiable. Someone has a roof over their head or they don’t. Someone meets a threshold for an agreed standard of…[Read more]

  • Enco, that is an even worse cop-out I expected to come from you. Do you have absolutely no intellectual dignity? Are you utterly completely incapable of conceding a point or admitting you have, at the very minimum made too grandiose a claim?

  • Enco, that people with more disposable income give more “charitable” donations is not in dispute. That is obvious. Of course that would happen. Once again I ask you, please present evidence that this would, assuming we end public support of essential programs that would provide assistance to the most vulnerable to ensure their survival and most…[Read more]

  • The level of homelessness in your country is staggering and the amount of people left to fight for themselves and literally die in the gutter is depressing.

    I never claimed people do not donate money. Nor have I claimed that people aren’t getting more generous over time. I am simply denying your ludicrous claim that donations from private people…[Read more]

  • There are plenty of problems with the Spanish constitution. And Spain (along with France, UK, the Netherlands and Portugal) did unspeakable things for centuries around the world and even until quite recently. Spain had a dictatorship until only a few decades ago and is an incredibly corrupt country. I don’t pretend to defend any of this and I…[Read more]

  • We Can’t Ignore the “Militia” Clause of the Second Amendment
    By: Tenth Amendment|Published on: Sep 15, 2018|Categories: 2nd Amendment

    What a ghastly constitution.

  • It all sort of makes sense Pope. The rest of the civilised world is extremely puzzled by the flag waving exceptionalism (along with other exceptional American things like gun lunacy, allowing the vulnerable to go fuck themselves, the uniform worshipping and bootlicking and the social regression (though that last one is not exceptional, its…[Read more]

  • Outrage culture is a very real thing. “Cancel culture” is not. People paying a price for things they say is nothing new, it has happened always and will always happen. It is not “cultural”, it is a natural part of human interaction. People paying a notable public price for things they said used to be mostly conservative reactions to people not…[Read more]

  • Ugh I cannot take anyone seriously if they propose that humans, outside of a collective system, sufficiently donate money, out of the goodness of their hearts, that sufficiently take care of other humans enough to ensure other’s don’t starve to death, have a house or that children don’t live in neglect. All the evidence shows that in societies…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic Apple Watch? Get serious!!! in the forum Small Talk 1 month ago

    That’s so romantic. When are you going to buy me some flashy sentimental jewelry Reg? 😉

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