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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

You Are Not Alone

Bill Whittle at Eject! Eject! Eject! has an interesting new post:

Everything the West has achieved – all the science, prosperity, security and freedom – is based upon the free exchange of ideas. We tolerate offensive ideas so that this free exchange of information may continue. Disagreement is the crucible of wisdom. The price we pay for this cooperation is the daily offense we suffer at the exposure to ideas we find distasteful. However, when radical Muslims living in the West demand that their religion not undergo these same stresses and trials and turns violent – burning buildings or killing those who disagree with them – well, we as a society have a choice. We can be “always cooperating,” which rewards that behavior, or we can retaliate, which punishes it.

Which do you think – reward, or punishment – is likely to produce more of this savagery, and which less?

If you haven't read Bill Whittle's essays, you're missing out. His newest post is a modest proposal to create a virtual community designed to help people become better citizens. Read the whole thing.


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