Two things

Well, related to my last post, there's always Dawkins. It's pretty nice, and this is very generous of him:

For better or worse, ours is historically a Christian culture, and children who grow up ignorant of biblical literature are diminished, unable to take literary allusions, actually impoverished. I am no lover of Christianity, and I loathe the annual orgy of waste and reckless reciprocal spending, but I must say I'd rather wish you "Happy Christmas" than "Happy Holiday Season".

On the other hand, I doubt I'll be wishing anyone a good Newtonmas this year...

Second, I get pretty tired of this argument. It's like, yeah, I see that this is a problem, but what next? First of all, from the perspective of someone with any substantive notion of social good (and what other perspective could there possibly be?), the problem isn't at all how to avoid radical views, but how to foster the right ones. The piece recognizes this, but says nothing more. Second, what can we do about it anyway? Simply encouraging people to consume a more balanced diet of media is pretty hopeless, since only self-selecting moderates (or classical liberals, or whatever) will actually go out and do it.

So the summary seems to be, well, extreme positions can be good, or they can be bad, and we really can't tell which we're going to get or anyway agree on which are which, so let's just forget the whole thing and strive for moderation which, actually, we can't do anyway. Thanks for nothing, I'll stick with the Daily Me...

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