Bill Whittle gives a good explanation of natural law:
Hi Ray! I love Bill Whittle…His articulate, smart and speaks with a tone that reminds me of attention getting Walter Conkite in his years…I listen to him when I can which isn’t hardly at all now…Thanks for posting this! I’m at my Son’s apartment for the moment. I get here once a week to tidy up. I pray that things are going Ok for you! Glad to see your still on the Internet…I’ll try to stop by when I can…
Hi Denny. Long time no see, friend. Thanks so much for dropping by.
Hey Ray, strange timing. The day before this post I discovered Mr. Whittle and enjoyed a half dozen youtube videos of his. He is incredibly succinct.
Denny, funny you mention Wally C. Bill Whittle doesn’t have a very high opinion of him. See around minute 6:00 of the video “Journalism: The Most Trusted Scam In America “.
Hey Greg. Loved the vid.
He’s like a right-wing Keith Olbermann. Oh joy!
That’s preposterous. He’s so much less obnoxious than Keith Olbermann — and not just for the content of his ideas — that it’s not even funny.
His “natural law” video started off very well but got silly toward the end.
The “journalism” video was ridiculous and would warrant about a C+ by the most generous of high school teachers.
And while he may be less obnoxious than Olbermann (which isn’t hard,) he’s demeanor is ten times the would-be child molester!
So what was silly about the end?
Which high school teachers? State educated, state employed, and heavily unionized teachers?
Let me know what was wrong with the Journalism bit?
whoops – @ Nick.
Regarding the natural law video:
It got silly when he started about companies sitting on cash reserves because they’re afraid The Man will violate their contracts. I think they’re sitting on piles of cash because there’s a weak demand for things since the economy sucks. There are a decent number of large companies who are buying their stock back, but not many are spending on upgrades or improvements because they’re waiting to see what the economy will do.
It got sillier when he said today liberty is now color blind and gender neutral.
It got silliest when he said the Tea Party will return us to a Natural Law utopia.
Regarding the journalism video:
It’s ridiculous. He starts off by complaining about bias in the mainstream media. He then cites one five-minute Chris Matthews segment, 40 seconds of a Walter Cronkite speech and one reporter, Walter Duranty.
Wow. There’s a solid condemnation of 75-year period for an entire industry.
And to speak about bias in the mainstream media and not mention Fox News? Uh…
The natural law segment had at least some value. The journalism bit was just stupid.
Never heard of the guy before this. I’d be interested in watching some of his other videos. These are the only two I’ve seen.
this so called ‘natural law’ has to come from somewhere. of course most of the tea party-ists will believe it comes from god. it doesn’t matter anyway as everything originates from the one thing that allowed us to survive throughout the history of mankind and a long time before that. it is called ‘FEAR’. understanding fear and avoiding it playing a major part in our lives and the decisions we take is one of the most heroic conquests of mankind. it is the slow emergence of HUMANITY. remember erasmus and other 16th century philosophers laying the basis for this movement that has barely started to impact our societies. unfortunately we are far removed from reaching this ultimate goal. if a fear gauge would exist, it would indicate a fractional improvement over cave man. we are still reigned by fear and the tea party-ists in particular. they justify their fears for what is changing to their world (the established order that allowed them to either get rich or as a minimum gave them stability in life) in the framework of our constitution, claiming that the natural law is to be found there. the unprecedented changes our societies are going through (and we only see the beginning of it!) opens opportunities for all kind of snake oil salesmen to tap the primordial fear impulse of people. throughout history this has always been the case, despite the revolutionary technological changes brought to us in the past couple of hundred years. fear is still amongst us and steers decisions in parliaments, court rooms, board rooms and bedrooms. my call to everyone reading is to be a person of LIGHT. don’t join the forces of DARKNESS.
Natural law does come from somewhere: namely, the conceptual faculty of the human mind, which evolved (naturally) out of the perceptual faculty.
It is the conceptual faculty that gives rise to volition, which is ultimately what gives rise to rights. This is all without any reference whatsoever to God or gods. For a more thorough discussion of the subject, see the second to last chapter of my book.
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