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  •  Galbraith (0+ / 0-)

    The man was an economist, not a true philosopher. Thereby excluding him from any moral commentary. A degree of selfishness is justified, just as is altruism in all functional societies. Blot out "selfish gain," and you have the zero progress Communism.
         The President asked that the gun debate be deferred in remembrance of the victims, their families, and the young survivors. I, too, would decline to debate.
         So far, I haven't read a single new approach to the problem, just more justifications for authoritarian and totalitarian dictatorships or the first steps on the steep slope to either.
         I have hoped that someone learned something from the failures of Prohibition, War on Drugs, etc, et al. Hiding, Denying or Prohibiting anything is the sure road to social deconstruction. Obviously, only the same old tired arguments to justify a response, and why should those in a contra position bother replying to the same nonsense?  

    •  maybe we'll learn (3+ / 0-)
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      from europe and japan.

      The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

      by Laurence Lewis on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 12:56:42 PM PST

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    •  why is an economist (3+ / 0-)
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      to be excluded from moral commentary? Why should this only include "true philosophers" (whatever that means)?

      And is there any sort of new approach to gun regulation that you would not see as totalitarian, or cause you to invoke a logically fallacious slippery slope argument?

      "Okay, until next time. Keep sending me your questions, and I will make fun of you... I mean, answer them." - Strong Bad

      by AaronInSanDiego on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 01:41:40 PM PST

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      •  Amartya Sen (2+ / 0-)
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        is one of the great moral and economic scholars of our time.  I don't see how anyone can do economics without making moral judgments at some level.  The idea that the two can be separated is a bizarre fiction of the rapacious capitalists who attempt to conceal their own rapacity under a bogus myth of "objectivity."  Every market is highly contingent on a wide range of moral and cultural judgments.  

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