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The Real Marty

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In Topic: Should the confederate flag continued to be honored?

Today, 11:46 AM

The disrespect of actual facts and the knowledge thereof is such an inherent part of every leftist I know.

 

 

Evolution: only slightly more proven than global warming.

 

Putting these two statements together, I'm thinking you must be a leftist. 


In Topic: Trickle-down economics is "wrong" according to the IMF

Yesterday, 07:41 AM

Biggest issue that no one wants to talk about: the increased supply of labor when women entered the workforce. You can't just add 75% to your supply and expect demand to remain the same. I'm not saying it's bad, it just is.

 

When women enter the work force, they earn money and become consumers.   So you have added to the supply of labor, but you have also added to the demand for goods and services, which raises the demand for labor.  

 

And aside from that, countries that refuse to utilize half  their talent  base are at a severe competitive disadvantage against other countries who take full advantage of all the talent they have.     


In Topic: Should the confederate flag continued to be honored?

Yesterday, 07:30 AM

The disrespect of actual facts and the knowledge thereof is such an inherent part of every leftist I know. It's funny how that works, once facts don't matter then neither do words or outcomes, only intent.

 

Disrespect of actual facts?   Where are all those folks who don't believe in evolution?   On the right or the left?  


In Topic: Supreme Court rules states must allow same-sex marriage

Yesterday, 07:23 AM

That was already going on the only thing this ruling changed is the precedent that he state dictates whom you can enter a union with. If anything religious folk should be weary of the state attempting to regulate a religious or private union. Just because it's legal doesn't mean people that disagree with have to accept it or recognize it. If you give the state the power to dictate who you can marry that's more dangerous then anything.

 

I would put it differently.   What the ruling changed is that the state cannot dictate whom you can enter a union with.   In that way, it's not marriage regulation, it's marriage deregulation.  

 

Prior to the ruling, wasn't marriage regulated more than it is after the ruling?   Rather than "giving the states the power to dictate who you can marry," it's taking away some of the state's power to dictate whom you can marry.  

 

Before, the states could say that gays could not marry.    They regulated marriage in that way.   Now they cannot say that.   Is that not DE-regulation?    Isn't a regulation a restriction?   When you remove a restriction (gays cannot marry) is that not deregulation?  


In Topic: Philosophy Discussions

26 June 2015 - 07:54 AM

Well without trying to specifically endorse any particular religion, I will say that it is impossible to sever religion from philosophy. A lack of belief in "religion" is either atheism or agnosticism, and is still a belief in itself. And what a person believes (or does not believe) will dictate their ideologies and view of life. If I don't believe in an afterlife, or consequences or rewards for many actions, do I step in front of a bullet for someone, whether a family member or not? Well, I have 2 children and a wife who also need me to be their hero as well. If I don't believe in an afterlife, I probably take the path that is best for my myself and my family. If I do believe in an afterlife, and can exhibit the bravery needed, I put my life in harm's way, place my life in a higher power, and risk my life for another, though they might be a complete stranger.

 

I think if you want to have a philosophical discussion, you have to keep religion out of it.   Nothing kills a philosophical discussion like religion kills a philosophical discussion.   That is because religion starts with a conclusion.   That's it.   End of discussion.  

 

If you want to have a philosophical discussion, you have to bring in logic, and reason, and evidence.   You have to be open-minded, or at least pretend to be open-minded.   Too many discussions end with, "I believe this because the good book tells me so."   People ground themselves in their religion.   It's the basis of all their beliefs.  It is not subject to question.