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  •  Of course this diary is not anti-Semitic (2+ / 0-)
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    Seneca Doane, RageKage

    Orthodox Jews constitute an identifiable group of people, like NASA employees or the left-handed. We attempt to analyze what motivates the political actions of just about every group in the country here; it's not anti-Semitic to ask what floats the boats of Orthodox Jews.

    If anyone thinks that the security of Israel is NEVER a motivation for the political actions of ANY Orthodox Jews, I must ask what the weather is like on their planet.

    Therefore, unless you subscribe to the dictum that what's good for Israel's security is good for the United States, without exception, it is at least possible for an Orthodox Jew to have divided loyalty. It is also possible for a NASA employee to support a program because it employees him rather than being a good use of tax payer dollars, or for a left-handed person to support regulations which benefit the left-handed but which are not cost-effective. That is, every single one of us has divided loyalty in some sense. Taking the issue of "divided loyalty" off the table for Orthodox Jews is elevating them to some super-patriotic group whose motivations are above suspicion or analysis. That's reverse antisemitism, IMNHO.

    So ...

    The key fault in the Kos plan, as detailed above, is the combination of #1 and #2. #1 fails to recognize that voters will be self-selected and it is very unlikely that the vote will be representative of the community as a whole. #2 forces the results of the vote to be high stakes so that those who are "fanatics" on one side or the other of an issue are certain to vote.

    The combination means that if we have a vote on a comment, we're going to count the number of fanatics on each side, not the opinion of the community. So if on an issue there are 3% fanatics for YES, 2.5% fanatics for NO, and 94.5% non-fanatics who would vote 75-25 for NO if they bothered to vote at all: YES will likely carry the day in the voting.

    That's not a good way to run a railroad, IMNHO.

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 06:52:21 AM PDT

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