I don’t have much time today to do much posting so I’m just going to direct you to the website Colombia Reports which is written by a journalist in Colombia who made the documentary on how cocaine is made which I posted the other day. The interview with Gary Becker on the War on Drugs is a must read.
It’s a long email debate so I’ll just give you the beginning of it.
I’d like to begin this exchange by making the observation that “atheist” is a term that should not even exist. We do not, after all, have a name for a person who does not believe in Zeus or Thor. In fact, we are all “atheists” with respect to Zeus and Thor and the thousands of other dead gods that now lie upon the scrapheap of mythology.
A politician who seriously invokes Poseidon in a campaign speech will have thereby announced the end of his political career. Why is this so? Did someone around the time of Constantine discover that the pagan gods do not actually exist, while the biblical God does? Of course not. There are thousands of gods that were once worshipped with absolute conviction by men and women like ourselves, and yet we all now agree that they are rightly dead. An “atheist” is simply someone who thinks that the God of Abraham should be buried with the rest of these imaginary friends. I am quite sure that we need only use words like “reason,” “common sense,” “evidence,” and “intellectual honesty” to do the job.
Kramer, who starts his 11th year of the reality tour in January, managed to find a silver lining in the confusion.
“You know what the good news is?” he asked. “Judith Regan is now on a plane to California, trying to sign Michael Richards to a book deal: `If I Were a Racist, Here’s What I Would Have Said.'”
From English Russia.