Oh, bother. ;)
Okay, allenjp, rather than explain all your misconceptions ad nauseum, I'll just supply you a thread to peruse at your leisure:
Ninjutsu History sources
Now you can come to your own conclusions about this "highly illegal counterculture" *snicker*. :)
Seems as if I stepped on the toes of a self-appointed Cultural Warrior. Whoops. My bad.
Now I could go on a rant about the invoking of pseudo-intellectualism and the bandying about of one's education as some sort of litmus for validity. I could go on a rant about the projecting of...
Hey, if I wanted to read some Christian fiction, I'd at least pick up The Chronicles of Narnia. At least they're entertaining. ;)
Seriously, it still cracks me up that there are people in this day and age pretending to be scholars that are pontificating about the "reliability" of the...
I actually think the opposite is true. Our penal system is mostly concerned with arbitrarily "punishing" criminals and (in most cases) releasing them back into the general public after they have acquired knowledge and experiences that make them better criminals.
By the way, your...
Kacey covered the issues pretty well, but I'd say...
Teaching To The Test syndrome.
Impossible expectations hoisted upon our students, such as 100% proficiency by 2012.
The counterintuitive policy of slashing funding to schools that do not meet their percentage of...
While I sympathize with the loss of your friends, the fact remains this argument is an Appeal To Emotion and, as such, has no real merit. If you are going to give a sustained defense as to why state executions should be a defining feature of our society, you'll need to come up...
A few more brief comments on my part.
Because of the inherent moral hypocrisy of Two Wrongs Make A Right. As I stated earlier, the only two reasons for capital punishment are social deterrence (which has not been statistically observed) and vengeance (which, based on several of the...
Hi 5-0 Kenpo,
When making arguments such as this, it is important to consider the function of such policies. Appealing to consequences is only relevant in two contexts:
1) Increasing or decreasing the frequency of future behaviors.
2) Exacting revenge on others.
In regards to the...
I find this line of argumentation fascinating.
The vast majority of crimes, even violent crimes, are not punishable by execution in our society. Are you therefore suggesting that these actions are "allowed" in society by lack of threat of the death penalty??
Of course, if you really...
I'm glad you find your Straw Man morally repugnant. Unfortunately, it has little to do with the analogy in my previous post.
The point I was trying to make is that the moral reasoning underlying both state executions and juvenile reciprocal violence is equivocal, not that the...
Many posters have brought up numerous points about things such as criminal deterrence, certainty of guilt, social inequality, cost scenarios, relational bias, and so on. To me, these are auxiliary or secondary issues that, while important considerations in and of themselves, sidestep...