Thursday, November 16, 2006

Transvaluation of values ...

... The Upside of Saddam's (and Stalin's) Tyranny. (Hat tip, Scott Stein.)

One of the comments offers a wonderful example of poor reasoning:

Nick Gillespie asks: "Exactly what book is worth a single person's life?"

Someone calling himself Yuri responds: "What book is worth a single life? The Bible, of course. More millions perished in the name of the Bible than in the name of Mein Kampf."

This exactly misses the point, which has nothing to do with books being used as grounds for killing - Das Kapital may hold the record there - but rather with a homicidal tyranny precipitating great art - and that being offered as an extenuation at least for said tyranny.

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