On Sat, Feb 11, 2012 at 4:27 PM, Greg Goodknight <email@example.com> wrote: > > > On 2/11/2012 2:20 AM, Paul Tanner wrote: >> >> On Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 2:06 PM, Haim<firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >>> >>> American conservatives object to the federal government involvement in >>> education... >>> >> Because, as so many conservatives preach, it is on the grounds that >> the federal government cannot do anything right, and blah, blah, blah. > > > Leading with the straw man? It's usually more effective to hide straw man > arguments in the body of a rant, sandwiched between a couple honest > representations of opposing points of view. > > -Greg
Sure, I was exaggerating the conservative position by essentially sarcastically echoing some of the exaggerated anti-government rhetoric we hear from some conservatives about government, especially central government, but so what? It remains true that the successes in areas like education of some of the world's most socialized and centralized systems are counter-examples to much of this anti-government rhetoric we hear from conservatives about central government and about government in general.