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    Re: Should the government ban conspiracy theorizing?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    Here's some background on Cass Sunstein



    In addition, Mr Sunstein has been under consideration by the Obama administration as a possible Supreme Court Justice.

    Sunstein co-authored a book that suggested the following



    Cass Sunstein - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Amazing! Tax people who put forward conspiracy theories!

    Any rate, that aside, what do you think? Should the government ban conspiracy theorizing?
    The government should ban 90% of itself and then STFU forever.

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    Re: Should the government ban conspiracy theorizing?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    Well, there were a couple of incidents, and I probably merged them in my memory, but here is one



    He didn't directly say it, but he hinted at it.

    The CEO Who Built Himself America's Largest House Just Threatened to Fire His Employees if Obama's Elected

    Now this happened to some employees at a McDonalds



    Ohio McDonald's Gives Voting Advice in Paychecks - CBS News

    Here's an article about it

    Employers increasingly telling employees workers how to vote
    I recall the Siegel incident, not the other. Good find.
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    Re: Should the government ban conspiracy theorizing?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    Here's some background on Cass Sunstein



    In addition, Mr Sunstein has been under consideration by the Obama administration as a possible Supreme Court Justice.

    Sunstein co-authored a book that suggested the following



    Cass Sunstein - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Amazing! Tax people who put forward conspiracy theories!

    Any rate, that aside, what do you think? Should the government ban conspiracy theorizing?
    Most conspiracy theories arise from the government keeping information classified. Keeping something secret be it JFK or 9-11 automatically leads some people to belief there are evil intentions behind it.

    Actually I think some conspiracy theorist are good. Especially when the government knows what is best for the people more than the people. I think some of the conspiracies are asinine. But to a certain extent they are also healthy. As long as the government keeps things hidden from the people, keeps thing secret and classified, we need some good conspiracy theories if nothing else but to keep the government on its toes.
    This Reform Party member thinks it is high past time that we start electing Americans to congress and the presidency who put America first and their political party further down the line. But for way too long we have been electing Republicans and Democrats who happen to be Americans instead of Americans who happen to be Republicans and Democrats.

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    Re: Should the government ban conspiracy theorizing?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    Sorry Charlie! What you forgot was this



    http://www.debatepolitics.com/polls/...post1064446822

    That is not a dishonest summary of what was said.
    Your posts are dishonest. When people point out that he never suggests banning CT's, you refute that even though it is true.
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    Re: Should the government ban conspiracy theorizing?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    The fact is that what you posted was simply not true. You said that
    The author described censorship as
    1. a self defeating strategy and
    2. a strategy which is not acceptable in an open society
    3. a strategy which an open society renders relatively moot

    but in doing so he was not actually trying to point out that censorship was a bad idea?

    The author then goes on to recommend some other methods as likely to be more effective.

    These things when all taken together indicate that the author intends to implement censorship of CT dissemination should end up in high office?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    That is simply not the case. What he does is list a number of the actions that the government might take, including banning conspiracy theorizing, and discusses what he thinks the results might be. With regards to banning conspiracy theorizing, although he does say it MIGHT be self defeating, he clearly says the he can imagine a scenario where it becomes thinkable.
    ...imagining hypothetical situations...




    what does crippled epistemology mean anyway?
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    I may be wrong.

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    Re: Should the government ban conspiracy theorizing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    Attack conspiracy theories with truth and reason, not force.
    We suggest a role for government efforts, and agents, in introducing such diversity. Government agents (and their allies) might enter chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups and attempt to undermine percolating conspiracy theories by raising doubts about their factual premises, causal logic or implications for political action.
    I may be wrong.

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    Re: Should the government ban conspiracy theorizing?

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    Your posts are dishonest. When people point out that he never suggests banning CT's, you refute that even though it is true.
    Your posts are bull****. He clearly says he could imagine a scenario where it is thinkable.

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    Re: Should the government ban conspiracy theorizing?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    Your posts are bull****. He clearly says he could imagine a scenario where it is thinkable.
    And I could imagine a scenario where it rains tomorrow

    Doesn't mean I want it to rain.
    Quote Originally Posted by matchlight View Post
    Justice Thomas' opinions consistently contain precise, detailed constitutional analyses.
    Quote Originally Posted by jaeger19 View Post
    the vast majority of folks that need healthcare are on Medicare.. both rich and poor..

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    Re: Should the government ban conspiracy theorizing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon W. Moon View Post
    ...imagining hypothetical situations...
    I said that he said it could be self defeating. What is troublesome is that nonetheless, he concludes that under certain circumstances it could become thinkable.

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    Re: Should the government ban conspiracy theorizing?

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    And I could imagine a scenario where it rains tomorrow

    Doesn't mean I want it to rain.
    Can you imagine a scenario where the government would cut your tongue out in public to silence you?

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