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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

I would hate for the World Class Federalists in Paradise to throw a shoulder out patting ourselves on the collective back, but...

From opinionjournal.com:

Why Conservatives Are Smarter

Writing in the Jerusalem Post, Jonathan Rosenblum of Jewish Media Resources ponders the careers of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice-designate Sam Alito, and in the process makes an excellent point about Ivy League conservatives and liberals:

Because of their minority status it is far more difficult for conservative students to entertain the illusion that all smart people think like them. They are exposed to many obviously bright young men and women whose opinions on almost every issue vary radically from their own. . . .

Being forced to recognize that there are different points of view helps make bright young conservatives such good debaters. They learn early on the limited persuasiveness of shouting at someone with whom they disagree, "You're an idiot." Of necessity they have to develop the ability to cast their arguments in ways that appeal to those starting from very different premises. . . .

Liberals can be wonderful people, and boon companions, but they often have a hard time dealing with people of opposing views--especially when they cannot dismiss them out of hand as idiots. Too often they have spent their entire adult lives surrounded almost entirely by those who think just like them, and it comes naturally to dismiss those of other views as intellectually or morally challenged.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Airline cell-phone ban

Since the safty problems with using cell-phones are long-past, the ban on their use should be lifted. Those who want the government-enforced ban to remain in place for non-safty concerns, because they claim some kind of "right" to a quiet flight, are being rather silly. First it is obvious no such "right" exists, if airlines don't choose to sell it, just as noone has a right to an airline flight that a company does not find economical to offer.

Second, the free-market would, of course, properly balance the interests of those who want to use cell-phones with those who don't want them used around them. Perhaps, by analogy to smoking, there would be cell-phone sections of flights, or cell-phone only flights. Different airlines might adopt different policies to properly fill the two market niches. Either way, it would be much better than the blunt instrument of a government ban laughably "justified" by safty concerns.

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