Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Seems like a bad idea

Man-made earthquakes coming to San Francisco? See this story from the New York Times. (Link requires registration).

In the New Republic (I think a subscription is required for access), Jonathan Chait has made a brilliant criticism of a common "argument" against gay marriage. People on the right often say "Marriage should be between a mand and a woman," ad nauseam. As Chait points out, saying marriage should be between a man and a woman is not even a bad argument; it's not an argument at all. He uses this analogy—imagine a liberal in 2001 saying the Bush tax cuts are a bad idea because the top rate should be 39.6%. Of course, this would be a non-argument—you need to explain why the tax rate should be 39.6%. Try this link for the complete article.

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