Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Are Religious People More Tolerant Than Atheists?

I watched Amy Peikoff on Tucker Carlson address a study which purports to show that religious people are more tolerant than atheists.  And, while she was reasonable and touched on it, she missed a chance to elucidate the major point in my opinion, and that is, that "open mindedness" in and of itself is not a virtue. Rationality is the virtue, while open mindedness is only a virtue in the context of searching for non-contradictory knowledge, not in a willingness to entertain the logically impossible or arbitrary. If open-mindedness means willing to believe anything, regardless of evidence, that is irrational and dangerous, and most certainly not a virtue.

Rationality demands evidence, and that's why it's consistent to uphold individual rights, capitalism, and atheism.
She also missed a chance to distinguish the rational atheist from the modern leftist atheist (which is the same thing in many conservative minds). She could have pointed out that the militant leftist is closed minded in an irrational way, with respect to being open to facts that do contradict their Marxist post-modern political and ethical philosophy. In this context, saying the left is closed-minded is a rational criticism. Again, rationality is the compass, not the false alternative of "closed minded versus open minded or tolerant vs. intolerant."

Monday, July 17, 2017

Obamacare's Contradiction

As I wrote about in more depth here, the problem with Republicans repealing Obamacare is not related to infighting or an inability to compromise, it's the failure to challenge an inherent contradiction from the beginning. Insurance MEANS excluding pre-existing conditions. What business would write insurance policies only to people who just wrecked their car? The purpose of insurance is for groups of people WITHOUT pre-existing conditions to pool risk in such a way that the collective premiums pay for an unlikely event. How could any pool work when everyone gets paid out more than they pay in?! If someone wants others to pay their bill, they should ask for a loan or for charity. But let's not call it insurance and let's not base the whole system on a contradictory premise.