Monday, March 11, 2013

When moderation and compromise are inappropriate

I have heard it argued by political moderates that their beliefs are right because moderation is a virtue, and that people on one side or another are wrong because they are at the "extremes." I have also heard it argued that compromise is inherently good. I will seek to show here the fallacy of endorsing political beliefs merely because they are in between the views of the two main sides of the debate.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

A Senator at the gates of heaven

While walking down the street one day a United States Senator is tragically hit by a truck and dies. His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

"Welcome to heaven," says St. Peter. "Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you."

"No problem, just let me in," says the man.

"Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity."

"Really, I've made up my mind. I want to be in heaven," says the Senator.

"I'm sorry, but we have our rules."

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