Monday, August 21, 2006

The Cult of the Excluded

Think experience and/or merit counts for something? You are a despicable ageist!

Council bosses in Norfolk are planning to axe long service awards for staff - in case they are accused of being ageist.

New laws that come into force in October will make it illegal to discriminate against someone on the grounds of how old or young they are.

Bosses at Broadland Council say they are "reviewing" their policy of handing out awards to employees, in case they breach the rules.

According to The Sun an insider said: "The council officers are terrified of contravening the new legislation.

[..] A council spokeswoman said: "We are looking at all processes in terms of age, gender and race."
HT: Degrees of Freedom.

Also from Degrees of Freedom, "How to Argue With A Libertarian". HT: Jay Jardine.
8. Criticize libertarians for whatever interaction or noninteraction they have had with the state.

Example: "Yet another libertarian that went to a state school. What a hypocrite!" Alternately: "Yet another libertarian that went to a private university. Of course the super rich can afford to be libertarian." Since the government is involved in just about every aspect of our lives, it should be easy enough to find a similar charge to make against any libertarian. Whatever the personal activities of a libertarian may be, be sure to find fault.

9. No policy should ever be tried until it has already been tried.

Example: "Let libertarians point to a successful example of their policies being implemented before we consider implementing them." Be sure to use this argument like a taxicab, however, as it implies that no government program should ever have been implemented in the first place.

[..] 12. When all else fails, claim that a government intervention is justified because it promotes some unquestionable goal.

Example: "This tax increase may seem unpleasant, but we have to remember that taxes are necessary as a way to promote the greater good. Sometimes individuals need to sacrifice for the benefit of society." Sometimes it helps to define "greater good" and "benefit of society." Other times it's better not to do so. Decide based on the particulars of the situation.

13. Make whatever mixed behavioral assumptions best support your claims.

Example: "Private theft is bad not because of any libertarian argument based on rights. It's bad because if people are free to just take the belongings of others, the consequences would be terrible." Alternately: "The government must be able to collect taxes because the consequences are so good." Do not be afraid to have it both ways.

14. Disregard the possibility that libertarians make tradeoffs in their own lives.

Example: "You claim to oppose taxation but you live in a place with taxes." The libertarian in question will argue that he opposes taxation but remains in his present place of residence to avoid other things that are worse than taxes, such as even higher taxes or the costs of leaving the country. Disregard any such protest. Call the libertarian a hypocrite.
Update: An example, via Nobody's Business.

1 Comment:

fenris badwulf said...

Those are some really good talking points.