Recreating (and advancing) pk’s censored domains: Macroinformation.org & Knatz.com
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1999 05 24’s mail brings a survey from the ACLU.
National Citizens’ Survey on Civic Morality
What You Believe
1. I believe a moral nation is one in which all people are equal before the law and that everyone should enjoy an equal opportunity to pursue happiness, regardless of the color of their skin.
2. I believe a moral nation is one in which women have equal rights both in and out of the workplace and that a woman has a right to choose when — or whether — to terminate an unintended or medically dangerous pregnancy.
3. I believe a moral nation is one in which the freedom to follow one’s own religious belief is fundamental and that the government should stay out of religion and leave me free to practice any religion in my own way.
4. I believe a moral nation is one in which the privacy of conversations between friends and relatives should not be recorded and that the government should not be able to listen in.
5. I believe a moral nation is one in which personal sexual choices are exactly that — personal — and that gay men and lesbians should have equal protection under the law.
6. I believe a moral nation is one in which the rights to free speech and other forms of communication are recognized and protected as the fundamental foundation on which all other freedoms depend.
The questions are couched in political jargon. Isn’t the natural language meaningless enough at best? Political jargon moves them outside the realm of reason: their meaning needs to be guessed at, then translated, then answered in prose. “Not sure” is not the only alternative to “Yes” or “No”; how about “I’m sure your questions have no rational yes or no answers”?
I had mounted my response in the Letters Directory of my writing but dismounted it till I fix some errors.
2004 01 28 Please consider the iterated “moral nation” to be an oxymoron. The terms are exclusive, contradictory, paradoxical, incompatable. It being common — the rule even — for kleptocracies to consider themselves to be moral doesn’t make it so: unless you follow GBS’s point that the word moral merely reflects how people behave: as in morés: the cannibals consider cannibalism to be moral, the kleptocrats consider conquest by whatever means to be moral, the kleptocrats consider compulsory brainwashing to be moral … (Oh, um, (ahem) … education.)
2003 12 30 Just discussing this piece with Knatz.com beloved, billy mac. Told him it was my least favorite, most embarrassing, piece, but I’d never taken it down. He writes:
don’t ever take that piece down – an incredible ah ha came to me while reading that one