…when we do lose, and we’ve been losing, on balance, for over 100 years so this matters.
Kevin posted this as an example of truth, which of course it is…as far as it goes. Excellent as his points are, Epstein doesn’t wrap up the argument. He gets the ball to the goal line and then punts. Excellent drive, but we never score. The enemy gets the ball at the 20 yard line. As I told Kevin, Epstein ignores the elephant in the living room;
Did you notice the omission? That is a fairly classic example of an argument between what I call “tweakers” (I know– the term is already taken, but it fits here). It’s like two dairy farmers arguing over how to get the most milk from their cows. “Tweak the cows (people) this way, and you get x result, tweak the cows that way and you get y result, etc.”
The discussion went as far as it could without actually mentioning the fact that we aren’t cattle, what we achieve or own is none of the government’s business, and that the United States was created as a place where rights protection was the government’s main job– not tweaking people. Id est, there is no moral or principled argument unless you count material result or statistical result as a principle, which it isn’t.
As Ayn Rand so eloquently stated some 50 or so years ago– the self appointed champions of conservatism are often the worst enemies of liberty. By failing to make the moral argument, while the enemy has plenty of (false) moral arguments, we often appear hollow and even hypocritical to the less attentive.
They’re the ones motivated by compassion. We only have only the cold steel nuts and bolts– economic theories that help the rich while ignoring the plight of the poor and desperate.
Epstein’s cross examiner knew he was scoring points with his audience when he repeatedly used the term “inequality” to falsely describe what Epstein was advocating.
Here’s the elephant in the room– human rights protection. That one thing that’s so lacking everywhere else in the world. The banishment of coercion. The American founding principles. The shining torch of Liberty that has brought so many people here from all over the world. The unleashing of the human spirit.
Wrap it up. Cross the goal line, or we’re doomed.