Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The difference between Liberals and Conservatives

In short: we check our facts!

Sean sent me a link to this flash animation, a quick little piece comparing our current government to 14 criteria all fascists governments hold in common, according to Dr. Britt Lawrence in his book "Fascism Anyone?". Well, if the restrained shouting of the narrative makes you doubt the veracity of the facts presented therein, join the club.

Turns out the Dr. Lawrence is not a doctor, just plain Britt Lawrence, a commentator for Free Inquiry Magazine, published by the Council for Secular Humanism. Also, it's not a book, just an article published in that magazine. While I'd agree with most of the points in the article, some are definitely up for debate, but the author doesn't present any sort of evidence to back up the different points. In fact the article reads more as an abstract than an argument. He cites references at the bottom of the article, but again, doesn't actually quote or reference them in the article. If Mr. Lawrence's thoughts were more thoroughly examined, it might make a book worth reading. Instead Professor Chico gives you a College Writing 101 C- for merely presenting your conclusions without developing them or citing any evidence in any way.

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