Friday, September 30, 2005

I think you mean "Nerdface5000"

This is the nerdiest thing you have ever done.

Abortion and Crime: whoa buddy

Bill Bennet, the once and former S. of Education said some fucked up shit:
'But I do know that it's true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could, if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down,'' said Bennett, author of ''The Book of Virtues.''

He went on to call that ''an impossible, ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down. So these far-out, these far-reaching, extensive extrapolations are, I think, tricky.''

The fact that he said this was pretty dumb, but the whole point of the recent bestseller Freakonomics was that Roe v. Wade reduced the crime rate by reducing the number of unwanted babies born. They argued that this didn't really justify abortion because the number of lives saved by avoiding murders was a supersmall fraction of the number of fetuses "killed" by abortion. But I think they are missing the point: not only did it reduce the number of murders, but it probably reduced the number of man-years spent in jail by a huge margin as well, which in some way is similar to "saving" a life. Thus, even if you do value the "lives" "destroyed" by abortion, there may still be a justification for it in utilitarian terms. This would bring about the question of how what portion of a life sacrificed is made up for by the improvement of another life. But since most pro-choice people don't even care about the foetus, I guess it doesn't matter.

A new episteme

A new era has begun. We of the senior persuasion are looking forward to gaining complete freedom over our lives, and with it, complete existential angst. Moreover, we all will probably be parting ways soon, at least temporarily. With this we must create new forms of discourse, new means of production, and new modes of dialectic if we wish to continue the great conversation. Truly, I say then, we must blog. For blogging universalizes the subjective, and through this universalization the subject-object distinction becomes blurred into the infrared spectrum, a red-shifting like those never seen before.