The Jury Talks Back

11/22/2008

“Freedom and Property Are Closely Linked”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Not Rhetorical @ 3:40 pm

Thanks to Fritz for the “canons of conservative thought” by Russell Kirk. But what does No. 4 mean? That the concept of freedom and the concept of ownership are intertwined?

Isn’t one a social condition and the other an economic construct?

What This Isn’t; or, a Mission Statement

Filed under: Uncategorized — Not Rhetorical @ 3:30 pm

Why do you read blogs?

Me, I want to understand what other people are thinking and why. Yet though I’ve got loads of options for reading other people’s arguments, rants, hectoring and so forth*, most of them are about posturing and point-scoring; at best, they’re attempts to persuade, not really to illuminate. And commenters are assumed to have the same agenda; the questions they ask about blog posts are generally assumed to be rhetorical, not sincere. There’s little good-faith effort — little desire? — to understand where other people are coming from.

I think that’s kinda boring.

So here’s what I’d like to try, at least at the outset of this Jury endeavor: I’d like to ask questions, instead of trying to answer them. My questions will not have ulterior motives; they might not reflect my own opinions. And I’d really like to know what you think. I might sometimes sound like I’m taking issue with one position or another, but that’s the only way I know how to pursue a Greater Truth. Therefore, I make one pledge: to try to always be genuine.*

*cough (harangues) cough


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