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  •  We need more loudmouth innocent children (2+ / 0-)
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    Don't give up on objective reality.

    History teems with instances of truth put down by persecution. If not suppressed forever, it may be thrown back for centuries. [...] Persecution has always succeeded, save where the heretics were too strong a party to be effectually persecuted. [...] The real advantage which truth has, consists in this, that when an opinion is true, it may be extinguished once, twice, or many times, but in the course of ages there will generally be found persons to rediscover it, until some one of its reappearances falls on a time when from favourable circumstances it escapes persecution until it has made such head as to withstand all subsequent attempts to suppress it.

    - John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

    Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

    by Simplify on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 11:07:38 AM PST

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    •  That's the point: it is objective reality. (0+ / 0-)

      There is a cliff precisely because both sides agree that there is a cliff. It came into being because there was an agreement to create one. Going around saying that it's a figment of someone's imagination is about the same as saying that announcing your engagement to be married is non-factual because it's just an agreement between two parties. There is no object you can point to called "engagement"! I find this constant raging against the financial cliff's existence to be somewhat quixotic.

      For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

      by Anne Elk on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 02:08:21 PM PST

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