Conservatives are those who have taken on the task of defending common sense against insane ideologues. This can be harder than it sounds, since the ideologue merely needs to invoke some generally accepted but ultimately insane principle and draw out one if its insane conclusions, while the conservative must take things back to first principles; he must articulate and defend the tacit background assumptions of mankind.
It is a commonplace of education research that we learn by doing, by constructing (with guidance) our own knowledge. Therefore, I provide a homework assignment for readers.
- Read the excerpt at Steve Sailer’s blog from Howard Rachlin’s thought experiment / argument that babies should be randomly reassigned to mothers at birth, with the exception that each mother will know that it definitely won’t be her baby she’ll be coming home with. The argument is that this should be done in the interests of equality and eliminating racism. See link for details. (Or you can read the source, which is not much longer.)
- Explain in 150 words or less why this idea is evil, crazy, and stupid. (Okay, I won’t count words, but please strive to maintain normal comment length.)
- Solutions to be posted tomorrow.