[quote]Bill Roberts wrote:
The quiz has the advantages of conciseness, and of recognizing that attempting to characterize political position along one single dimension is many times inadequate, but it is far from comprehensive and persons scoring in the same position on the chart might be quite differing in a number of views.
For example, there’s a major division among libertarians is that some, including predominantly the national party, are isolationists who dream, just as the leftists do, that if only we withdraw then the jihadists will stop their war against us; while others recognize the need of killing the jihadists, or in the past, holding back the Communists.
Also, on your specific point, why don’t I just say that you insist on your having the right to murder people, on the grounds that I’m going to define the act of John S breathing as being murder.
Sorry, but your definition of a non-pain-producing, non-injuring act as “torture” doesn’t mean I have to buy that it is.[/quote]
HAH! I didn’t want to start an argument. I was just pointing out that, relative to the discussion, you bestow more authority on the power of the federal government than I do. Therefore, though you echoed my post of being at the very top of the diamond, you are in fact more statistic than I am. [/quote]
Do you think that society has the right to, for example, imprison an individual for life for murder?
Do you think that waterboarding for example Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a murderer terrorist, is a greater thing done to him than life imprisonment would be?
That would be an odd opinion, as we can find individuals such as journalists who have volunteered for waterboarding, as well as our own military personnel who have been required to undergo it, yet it would be tough to find any of them thinking that the experience was more than what life imprisonment is.