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July 11, 2005

A Short Note.

Received this in email this morning. Interesting argument:

Let us assume that when people such as George Galloway say that Tony Blair
is responsible for the London bombings they are correct. This must mean
that the bombers were not moral agents for their actions, but simply
acting in response to British and American policy. But then, let's turn
that around. For that surely means that, following 9/11, George Bush was
not responsible for his actions but was simply reacting in a natural way
to the attacks on America. As the scholastics said, reduction ad absurdam.

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The first time I ever thought about this issue was back when Maggie and the Tories reigned supreme.
Everything bad in society, increased crime, increased rates of youth pregnancies, increased industrial unrest (add anything you wish) were all laid, by various critics, at Thatchers door.

The implication of this, oftimes explicitily stated, was that none of those involved were morally responsible for their own actions, and were simply automata reacting to outside circumstances. Anything bad about society was the direct result of decisions made by the Tories, who were held by many (some of my personal acquaintance) to be morally responsible for all aspects of the downside of British society at the time.

The implication of this is that the Tories, and their supporters, were the only morally responsible beings in the UK. Now, given that the major differential between humans and other animals is that animals can't be held to be morally responsible for their actions, whereas humans must be, it is clear that those who blamed the Tories for everything regarded the then government and its supporters as only human beings in the country, and everyone else as somehow less than human.

Me now, I do my opponents the courtesy of acknowledging their humanity, assume they are responsible for their own actions, and judge them accordingly.

Posted by: Chris harper | Jul 11, 2005 10:23:54 AM

Bugger balls: reductio ad absurdum.

Note to self: never quote Latin phrases after 3 hours' sleep, it just makes you look stupid.

As Chris says above, it seems that the Left, while paying lip service to multiculturalism, is in fact astonishingly racist. Only white Westerners are moral agents, everyone else is the hapless effect of a Western cause. I'm half Asian and I find it bloody insulting.

Posted by: Edoardo Albert | Jul 11, 2005 11:12:32 AM