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  •  Just kidding about Gaza. (1+ / 0-)
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    I was thinking of a way to draw more readers to your diary when this little bit of dark humor popped into my mind, and I just couldn't resist.  As you know, anything touching on the subject of Gaza, the Palestinians or Israel is going to draw a huge crowd.  Unfortunately, the conversation always ends up giving off more heat than light, even if the subject were the right of subsistence of the all people including the Gazans.  Add any element of Israel/Palestine to a discussion and a flame war is sure to ensue.  It's sad.

    Regarding Sunday posting, I'm serious about that part of the suggestion.  Sunday seems to be a good day to delve into weightier topics in greater depth.  You might be able to attract a few more readers and start an interesting conversation about poverty and rights, including the right of subsistence of one's enemies.  Come to think of it, I'm sure Jesus would approve of such a discussion in lieu of church attendance on a summer Sunday morning.  Lord knows, the subject isn't getting much attention from the pulpits across America.

    "Any nation that can survive what we have lately in the way of government, is on the high road to permanent glory." - Molly Ivins

    by Involuntary Exile on Thu Jul 30, 2009 at 12:53:43 PM PDT

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    •  Yeah, I was seeing flame war explosions in a (2+ / 0-)
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      series of diaries on the right of subsistence; only to me could this happen! :)

      The Sunday idea seems to be a good one though, someone else suggested the same for Something the dog said's diaries ... and now for something that we should be talking about on Sunday, poverty, rights and a discussion of guaranteed income for fellow humans. :) My time is less free on the weekend's, but perhaps I could try it after a discussion of Bentham on poverty: he argued that it was the human condition that some people would be poor in that they must live through their labour and that while we could ameliorate indigence, we could not eliminate poverty as that was the basis of wealth. That argument formed the basis of the reform of the poor laws in 1834; if nothing else it will hopefully infuriate readers.

      No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable (Adam Smith, 1776, I, p. 96).

      by NY brit expat on Thu Jul 30, 2009 at 03:44:04 PM PDT

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