Thursday, May 31, 2012

On Sun Talk for May 30, 2012.

Daily Brief and Arena

Pre-empted by coverage of the crazy foot guy. I generally think it's not a good idea to give someone like that too much attention. It's a variant on the "don't feed the trolls" motto; some people do things for attention, and this guy seems like a clear case. (As of right now, of course. Yesterday, I didn't consider that he might be genuinely sociopathic, which now seems to be the case.) Furthermore, overemphasis on violent crimes, without noting that they are becoming less and less common, leaves people jumping at shadows.

Actually, I'm pretty sure that's why Sun News did it. It's easier to sell people bullshit when they're afraid.


The stupid it burns.

Bonokoski thinks that separation of church and state means that religious institutions should stay out of politics (correct), and that governments should not tell publicly-funded religious schools what to do (incorrect).

Bonokoski thinks that no one should tell parents what to do with their children, unless their children aren't being active "enough" (whatever that means), in which case he and he alone can tell parents to stop being such pussies and let their kids play.

Honestly, this one's a little tragic, as I don't disagree with the conclusion, but the way he makes it is just idiotic. It's true that parents are paranoid and should let their kids play. It's also true, though, that you can't consistently complain about parents being told how to parent and then go ahead and... tell parents how to parent.

Oh, and, Ian Lee of the Sprott School of Business continues to disgrace himself. This time, he was comparing our EI system to Greece and Spain -- and these people accuse the left of hyperbole? -- and saying it's a good thing to force people to take lower-paying jobs that are beneath their skill level. Because what they want or what leads to a fulfilling life for them is apparently not worth worrying about.


Really not much here. As I said, Lilley's having an off-week. He really doesn't have much to talk about, so he's just going back to his tried and true stand-bys -- and saying the same old thing about them.

One new thing that cropped up was the abortion issue. I know you'll be shocked, but the Sunites are "pro-life", in the sense of the phrase which means pro-capital punishment, anti-abortion, anti-welfare state.

Here's the thing. You can't discuss abortion seriously and focus entirely on the interests of the fetus. For one, it's obscure how a fetus can have interests. It's not a separate biological entity, after all, never mind a developed person. For two, there's some very obvious people who thus get overlooked -- in particular, the woman who is actually bearing this fetus.

The only sensible argument against abortion that I know points out that a woman cannot demand that her fetus die. That's true; the most that a woman can reasonably demand is that the fetus be removed and, thus, no longer her responsibility. Right now, that means that the fetus will die. Medical techology being what it is, I can see a day where that isn't the case; that is, where fetuses can be removed even very early in development, and still develop to term.

In that case, I can see policies about abortion allowing women to give up their fetuses, and have them become wards of the state. (Then, into the foster system and onto adoption. All fine and dandy.) As things stand, though, the options are: force women to carry their fetuses to term (and criminally charge them if they don't) or allow abortion.

The "poor little babies" argument is the usual anti-abortion argument trotted out, though. And it's stupid. It's blatant emotional manipulation, and it pretends that a potential person's interests -- the fetus -- automatically override the interests of an actual person -- the woman in question.

There is something deeply morally wrong about treating an actual person as some sort of prop in a romantic fantasy.

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