When slogans replace reasoning, when words are not used for their meaning
but for their ability to scare, when flags are unfurled as arguments
against reason, civilization is in danger.
I see a lot of bile in the correspondance of Mr. Sanchez to Mr. Siskind,
published in the latest Immigration Daily. This is unfortunate, and would
ordinarily make me guardedly skeptical of Mr. Sanchez's
arguments. But my reaction to Mr. Sanchez's bile is nothing compared to
my reaction to Mr. Siskind's replies, in which Mr. Siskind offers nothing
more than slogans, flags, and words made meaningless through trite use.
This is not to say that I do not appreciate passionate zeal, come from
where it may. But I fear zeal that is also self-assured and that
unthinkingly adopts comfortable assumptions that are too simplistic to
possibly be true.
Mr. Siskind brands everyone who does not fully subscribe to libertarian
principles as "socialist"
(I gather this is an insult to him, just like "libertarian" is an insult to
some), and suggests they
are also against freedom. He basically excludes
those who do not fully share his opinions from the country he has built in
his imagination. He equates
disagreement with treason, more or less.
I am pro immigration. I am no socialist. But, in
a hypothetical world where everybody would have to be
aligned for or against everything, I would have to choose to be against the
decadence of reason Mr. Siskind displays.
This is, respectfully, my opinion.
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