[ExI] libertarians and inheritance

samantha sjatkins at mac.com
Tue May 5 17:13:54 UTC 2009

John K Clark wrote:
> "Dan" <dan_ust at yahoo.com>
>> My statement was and remains that you're _not_ a libertarian [.] The
>> ability to draw conclusions about some point of view does not mean one is
>> an adherent of that point of view.

Quite correct.  That one can run a political/philosophical memeset to 
draw consistent conclusions does not mean that you chose to consistently 
act from that memeset.

> So according to you to be a supporter of an idea a belief in good results
> derived from that idea is not sufficient to become a true adherent. 

No,  many people act contrary to what they believe is good or leads to 
good results or drop such under a bit of pressure.

> You think there must be something else, something more important than the
> conclusions derived from a point of view. I can't imagine what that
> something else could be except faith.

Then you are suffering from a lack of imagination it would seem.

> I don't have faith in anything and think it's a vice not a virtue. If I 
> come
> to the conclusion that one of my ideas is not as productive as a competing
> idea I have absolutely no loyalty and will switch sides in one second flat.

Productive?  Within what standards of valuing?   How to you measure 
"productive", "better"  or "worse"?

> If somebody has a better argument than I have I will drop my old point of
> view and embrace the new one as my own. I'm a libertarian but even that
> doesn't get a free pass, it has to earn its way.

Well sure.  Such memesets should not be free floating abstractions.

- samantha

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