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  1. Re: The Dictionary Versus The Social Justice Definition Of Racism

    I thought you were implying that I said something about the definition in the quote you were responding to. That's where the confusion was coming from.

    As far as my definition for the SJD goes, I...
  2. Re: The Dictionary Versus The Social Justice Definition Of Racism

    I never made any claim about the definition.



    This claim from you...



    ...was in response to this quote from me:
  3. Re: The Dictionary Versus The Social Justice Definition Of Racism

    Yes, I read the article. This is the entirety of it:


    Prejudice plus power is a stipulative definition of racism often used by anti-racist educators, including the American pastor Joseph...
  4. Re: The Dictionary Versus The Social Justice Definition Of Racism

    Which short article? I'm not sure what you're talking about.



    I would wager that people appealing to the SJD would argue that the institutions backing the individual would have to have some...
  5. Re: The Dictionary Versus The Social Justice Definition Of Racism

    Remember that the topic of this debate is that the dictionary definition of racism is better than the social justice definition, the one I cited. To wit:



    You seem to be arguing that the social...
  6. Re: The Dictionary Versus The Social Justice Definition Of Racism

    Thank you for that thoughtful response, Sigfried. I have a couple of issues with it, though.



    You seem to be making two overlapping claims here:

    1) Words help us identify things
    2) Words...
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    Re: ODN Update / Changes

    Well, I am glad it is going to be up a little while longer. I’ve checked out some other debate sites and...to put it gently...their quality is subpar. At best, they are sometimes better than the...
  8. The Dictionary Versus The Social Justice Definition Of Racism

    It feels good to be back after close to a decade off!

    Anyway, in this post, I am going to argue that the dictionary definition of racism (DD) is better than what I will term the "social justice...
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    Re: Infanticide and Late Term Abortion

    It depends on what justification you use for abortion. There are essentially two. The first is the utilitarian view used primarily by people such as Peter Singer. This view argues that the fetus...
  10. Re: Mind Trapped by: Canceled Insurance policies, and Gv

    Commentary mode??? How does you taking one-and-a-half sentences of mine out of context even suggest that I am simply commenting on your arguments? I’m getting tired of asking you this, Mindtrap,...
  11. Re: Mind Trapped by: Canceled Insurance policies, and Gv

    WHAT???? Mindtrap, are you even reading my arguments? When did I say . . . no, wait . . . when did I even imply . . . wait, scratch that . . . how is it even possible for any reasonable person with...
  12. Re: Mind Trapped by: Canceled Insurance policies, and Gv

    And responsibility is a normative concept. Saying that a person has the responsibility to know something is equivalent to saying he should (e.g., because of a moral, legal, or contractual...
  13. Re: Mind Trapped by: Canceled Insurance policies, and Gv

    I was afraid you wouldn’t ask.



    So, you’re saying that because someone has a responsibility to be informed, he is informed? If so, your argument is fallacious. Saying that someone has a...
  14. Re: Mind Trapped by: Canceled Insurance policies, and Gv

    Actually, Ibelsd, I am going to go ahead and concede my entire argument. After reading further into the issues, I think it was pretty obvious Obama was A) informed and B) lying.

    With that said,...
  15. Re: Mind Trapped by: Canceled Insurance policies, and Gv

    Yeah, upon studying up on it, the Jefferson example was a bad one, and I'm going to concede it. I shot from the hip with that argument and ended up shooting myself in the foot.

    However, I still...
  16. Re: Mind Trapped by: Canceled Insurance policies, and Gv

    I actually went ahead and conceded the Jefferson argument. Upon studying up on it, it was a poor one. I still, however, contend, that if you can accept that my hypothetical doctor in post #52 was...
  17. Re: Mind Trapped by: Canceled Insurance policies, and Gv

    Jefferson didn't say "certain rights", he said certain unalienable rights. Unalienable means "not capable of being repudiated." Repudiate means "to cast off; reject" which would imply to any...
  18. Re: Mind Trapped by: Canceled Insurance policies, and Gv

    Does saying X without mentioning all of the exceptions to X mean that the person who said X was lying? If so, should Thomas Jefferson be considered a liar because he said "all men" are "endowed by...
  19. Re: Mind Trapped by: Public education, why I think it should fail.

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    You could start by paying attention to your own argument. You never accused me of saying private schooling was an unproven solution; you accused me of saying it was an idea that we, as a...
  20. Re: Mind Trapped by: Public education, why I think it should fail.

    The problem is you have never shown this to be the case. First, you've never shown that a national education system would take a substantial amount of power away from the schools. In fact, you even...
  21. Re: Mind Trapped by: Public education, why I think it should fail.

    No! You will speak when you are spoken to!!! :grin:



    Sure, but I never said that private education was a new idea. And just to make everything clear, I'm not against private education. What...
  22. Re: Mind Trapped by: Public education, why I think it should fail.

    That’s not really answering my question. What I am asking is why we, the American people, should fix our “failed” education system by completely dismantling and replacing it with an unproven...
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    Re: Welcome New Staff

    Congratulations to all of the new mods and the newly appointed admins!!!
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    Poll: Re: How should Atheists treat Theists?

    What about looking outside the West to the philosophical systems of the East? They could provide secular alternatives the ethical codes and security religion brings. Confucianism, for instance, has...
  25. Re: Mind Trapped by: Public education, why I think it should fail.

    Mindtrap, one thing I have never understood about your education policy is why you insist on using unproven strategies to fix America’s education problems. Rather than do the more rational thing and...
  26. Re: Twinkies and Ding Dogs...no more thanks to unions

    How so? Why should the company continue to negotiate with workers if the workers are going to work whether the company gives into their demands or not? You've essentially stripped the workers of...
  27. Re: Twinkies and Ding Dogs...no more thanks to unions

    How exactly does one former member of the Obama Administration thinking unions are problematic = the Obama Administration acknowledges unions are problematic? Summers was obviously not very fond of...
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    Re: The Ethical Limits of Hiring Discrimination

    Equal opportunity. The idea that people should be "treated similarly, unhampered by artificial barriers or prejudices or preferences, except when particular “distinctions can be explicitly...
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    Re: The Ethical Limits of Hiring Discrimination

    Most lawmakers and ethicists would probably argue that discrimination is ethical when a person's race, sex, etc. would affect his or her ability to perform a task properly. A white man obviously...
  30. Re: Since God wanted Obama to be reelected. why are some Christians so dejected?

    Very well. Your last post claimed that Obama's win doesn't require one to believe it was a miracle because there was a roughly fifty percent chance of him winning anyway. What difference does it...
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