Alonzo Fyfe’s Recent Posts on Atheist Ethicist

by Luke Muehlhauser on April 13, 2011 in Ethics,Resources

It’s time for a reminder that Alonzo Fyfe, who blogs about ethics here on Thursdays, is writing much more about ethics (especially current events) on his own blog, Atheist Ethicist. Here’s a sampling of recent posts there:

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Forrest April 13, 2011 at 6:00 pm

I’ve got to disagree with Alonzo about the theft across generations (though I agree with him about a lot of other things).

Let’s say every child born in the U.S. today is born owing $30,000 in debt. Since Alonzo thinks this is theft, lets pay off all that debt today so that every child is now born owing $0 in debt. Are these children any better off now than they were before. No, because in order for us to pay off the $30,000 debt, we had to tax their parents $30,000, so now their parents will die $30,000 poorer than they would have otherwise, which means their children will inherit $30,000 less than they would have otherwise. So the kids can either be born owing $30,000 in debt or receive $30,000 less in assets from their parents. Both situations are equally preferable so the well being of the next generation is not be dependent on the amount of debt they are born owing.

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The Barefoot Bum April 13, 2011 at 8:21 pm

I’m not a big fan of Alonzo’s

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Garren April 13, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Eh, just waiting on him to articulate Desirism in a stable form that’s open to analysis and criticism.

I do strongly agree with Fyfe’s assessment of Terry Jones’ (non) culpability.

In fact, the local newspaper quoted me this week saying, “The full responsibility for violence lies with those who think it’s OK to murder if they feel offended. That is the real problem, and we should not sacrifice our freedom of speech to cooperate with and reward such bullying.”

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cl April 24, 2011 at 5:09 pm

The Barefoot Bum,

Why not?

Garren,

I agree on both counts.

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