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  •  Plus it's a logical fallacy (2+ / 0-)
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    The argument from ignorance. Basically, Friedman is saying "I don't know of any alternatives to 'free enterprise', so there must not be any," which is not an acceptable conclusion.

    "In an individual, selfishness uglifies the soul; for the human species, selfishness is extinction." -Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell

    by rigcath on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 07:58:46 AM PST

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    •  Yours is reflective equilibrium, another fallacy (0+ / 0-)

      of John Rawls. Show me your evidence.
      http://plato.stanford.edu/...

      "If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." Winston Churchill

      by Kvetchnrelease on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 09:11:47 AM PST

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      •  Yeah, that's not how reflective equilibrium works. (1+ / 0-)
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        My comment cannot "be" reflective equilibrium (which is not a fallacy), as reflective equilibrium is a term used to describe a method of individual moral reasoning. As Rawls proposed it, RE is the method by which an individual creates and maintains a set of consistent moral beliefs. You cannot possibly know whether my comment pointing out Friedman's fallacious reasoning has anything to do with my other moral beliefs or whether it creates a conflict among them--and even if it did, so what? It's not fallacious to reconcile the different driving principles of my personal moral philosophy, and that would have absolutely nothing to do with my first comment. Friedman violating the rules of logic is totally unrelated to RE.

        "In an individual, selfishness uglifies the soul; for the human species, selfishness is extinction." -Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell

        by rigcath on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 09:58:13 AM PST

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