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  •  Debating a Marxist Takes Forever (0+ / 0-)

    Another -ism, and most of the same comments apply. Oddly (or maybe not) the major emphasis of both Libertarianism and Marxism is economic philosophy. They take opposite sides in that area, and I think both are wrong, but that's for another time.

    The social aspects of the two -isms appear, if your diary is representative of Marxist social beliefs, to be similar, and similarly attractive on most issues but not all. I'm not up on Marxist social philosophy because you don't hear much about it these days, at least not down here. (Other than from the insane people who rant against it and use it as a Pavlovian word.)

    Back to guns, where you say you're a civil libertarian (small L) on the subject with a reasonable position. Sounds good, but you failed to defend your most harmful, and in my mind weakest, point, which is the permissibility of owning any kind of gun.

    A Southerner in Yankeeland

    •  Maybe that is a point I need to reconsider. (0+ / 0-)

      Earlier on, another commenter made a joke about me supporting private ownership of nuclear weapons. I laughed it off, but how comfortable would I feel with people in my neighborhood owning assault rifles, etc.?

      Definitely food for thought.

      And I appreciate you sticking with your debating an x takes forever joke.

      "Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." ~ Samuel Johnson

      by Spencer Troxell on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 05:29:34 PM PST

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    •  I would also be willing to bet (0+ / 0-)

      that if you examined your worldview closely enough, you'd find plenty of 'isms' in there. They're pretty unavoidable.

      "Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." ~ Samuel Johnson

      by Spencer Troxell on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 06:28:24 AM PST

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      •  The -ism schism (0+ / 0-)

        My attitude is not to adopt any -ism if I can help it. There are always details, and often some fundamentals, that I disagree with, and joining an -ism can come close to locking me in with them.

        I feel better adopting points on their merit, but eschewing the -isms as a whole. One person said that they didn't like labels because they sometimes joined you to groups and people with whom you shared only one belief.

        The end result is that I tend not to be a joiner, something I have in common with a lot of Liberals (and which is detrimental to the Liberal effort).

        A Southerner in Yankeeland

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