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  •  elmo, you're brushing the edge of the argument (1+ / 0-)
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    that cost Jimmy the Greek his job.

    But take another look at that argument.

    I really think Jimmy the Greek was not making a racist statement -- or if so, he was accusing, not excusing, the slaveowners. Abstract this with me:

    We accept, even laud, the development of more robust and higher-yielding forms of property THAT ARE NOT HUMAN BEINGS nowadays. Our worldview HAS changed since the days when Americans regarded slavery as legitimate. At the same time, we have not yet as a whole reached a point where we no longer consider it wrong to "breed for better" in roses or horses, in beef cattle or high-yielding grains, in cotton or chickens (and here I do not include genetically-modified organisms, as I'm quite certain most of those are going to turn out to be as poorly planned as monoculture always is, with the possible exception of certain novelties -- cats that glow in the dark come to mind. I don't think that those novelties will reach such production numbers that they'll become commercially viable), in onagers or orchids.

     What Jimmy the Greek said was, in a world where slaves were not thought of as human beings but as livestock, Mendelian genetic engineering took place -- some on purpose -- in an effort to create a more valuable property.

    Unpalatable though that notion remains, it does contain a grain of truth. I am not saying the ends justify the means; I am saying, out of even evil at its blackest, some good can arise.

     

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

    by BlackSheep1 on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 04:13:04 PM PST

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    •  I was with you until your last clause (0+ / 0-)

      What good could arise?

      Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

      by MichaelNY on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 01:30:36 AM PST

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      •  MichaelNY: starting with the forced conversation (1+ / 0-)
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        about this issue?

        Can you see that I'm trying to suss out how human beings can be eager to admit Mendel's law applies to flowers but adamant that  people's susceptibility to Mendel's law is obscene?

        LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

        by BlackSheep1 on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 11:28:30 AM PST

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