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I'm not so sure Jonah is a social conservative. I suspect he's a fusionist. Despite the grief he gets from (and gives to) the libertarians, he's sorta a libertarian fellow-traveller.
Re the discussion of the ATL comments (specifically, mmmbeer's) - "awkward" seems a peculiar and rather specific choice of word. I wondered what that was supposed to mean, too, but someone beat me to it.
Re the civil rights act, and the argument that economics would eventually have effected desegregation, I don't think that anyone has actually answered the questions I posed in support of your assertion that "[t]he notion that economic incentives alone would have desegregated the South is a ridiculous fantasy," viz., "[why] they hadn't already done so in the near-century between the ratification of the CivilWar Amendments and enactment of the Civil Rights Act," and "what is the timeframe envisioned by libertarians for the marketplace-based solution they suggest? When would it have begun? Why? How long would it have taken?"
One technical note - the recording level on this podcast was very low - I had to turn my speakers practically up to 11. Which made me jump clear out of my seat when AlertBear popped up and bleeped at deafening volume.
I second Simon's sound level note. While "eleven" is one better, I could barely hear you at the end of many sentences.One laugh didn't sound sinister so much as it sounded like Elmer Fudd. I think you have a very good grasp of Purgatory, actually.How do you view people who very fervently believe what they believe, and even try to evangelize when invited, but do not hold the rest of the world to their personal [impossibly high] standards? Are they subject to your vigilance as well?
Another "Brand New Girlfriend."
Ruth Anne: "How do you view people who very fervently believe what they believe, and even try to evangelize when invited, but do not hold the rest of the world to their personal [impossibly high] standards? Are they subject to your vigilance as well?"I think I answered that in the podcast. I have no problem as long as they don't operate in the political sphere this way (and don't coerce anyone in the private sphere).... except in the sense that I may hold some negative opinion about them myself.
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