[extropy-chat] Re: In defense of moral relativism

Giu1i0 Pri5c0 pgptag at gmail.com
Wed May 4 06:34:03 UTC 2005

Mike, I think you are so staunchly against moral relativism because
you perceive it as something lefty.
But note that historically the Left has been very much against moral
relativism: accept moral relativism, and you weaken the power of the
State as you can no longer believe its claim to be the Guardian of the
Truth. I suspect many historic Left thinkers would have been against,
say, gay marriage.
Moral relativism has been introduced in the Left by relatively modern
thinkers who also believed in individual liberty and civil rights,
which you as a Libertarian should support.

On 5/4/05, Mike Lorrey <mlorrey at yahoo.com> wrote:
> This is the rotten core of moral relativism: that the only crime is
> hypocrisy, that it is somehow impossible to judge one moral code
> against another for greater or lesser adherence to objective truth.
> When all morals are of equal validity, then any crime against humanity
> is not only possible, but not to be condemned if one can rationalize a
> moral position for it.
> To condemn, say, the Nazis, for morally justifying their genocide, or
> Pol Pot for his, or Mao, Stalin, you name it, is not moral relativism,
> it is holding a standard, a conviction, of what is objectively moral or
> not.
> --- Brian Lee <brian_a_lee at hotmail.com> wrote:
> > I think the only morality that can be logically condemned in a moral
> > relativist system is that of hypocrisy. Since each person has their
> > own
> > moral system they cannot be condemned. Unless they first profess
> > their moral
> > system, then act contrary to it.
> >
> > BAL
> >
> >
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> Mike Lorrey
> Vice-Chair, 2nd District, Libertarian Party of NH
> "Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.
> It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
>                                       -William Pitt (1759-1806)
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