[Marxism] Walter has a point, Alarcon is dead right!
mikedf at mail.amnh.org
Thu Aug 12 09:01:56 MDT 2004
Fred, your assertions cited below strike me as a bit disingenuous, and
besides the point. The statement that "Kerry would have gone to war against
Iraq" is factual: he did go to war against Iraq. As Congressman, as a
member of government, he supported the war. And the statement that, as
president, he will continue the war, promote repressive legislation, etc.,
is, of course, a hypothesis. As with any good hypothesis, it is based on
evidence -- Kerry's statements, his platform, past experience, etc. You
don't propose a hypothesis *unless* it possesses some evidentiary
underpinning (an understatement, in this case...). Of course, only an
actual Kerry presidency will corroborate or falsify this hypothesis, but
that doesn't render it useless as a guide to action. Your argumentation is
remarkably Popperian: "Kerry is the devil we cannot yet know as president"!
is This, Fred, is not strictly true. As with any hypothesis, it is a
statement based on
At 09:46 AM 8/12/2004, you wrote:
>John. That is why the endless debate over whether Kerry would have gone
>to war against Iraq is a waste of time. Kerry says so, I can give many
>reasons for thinking so, but noone will ever be able to prove it.
>Meanwhile, it remains Bush's war as president and commander in chief
>until he leaves office. Kerry is campaigning to make it his war in the
>full sense, but he cannot do that without winning the election.
>Similarly, noone can prove that Kerry won't be "better" in this or that
>respect. You can scientifically show the fact that he will continue the
>core policies, but only experience will prove it. Bush is the devil we
>know as president. Kerry is the devil we cannot yet know as president.
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