I am not sure why I spent so much time on this. However, having done this work I thought I would post it for review. I copied the list of questions to
my desktop a few days ago, and went through the list slowly, as time permitted.
The full list of questions referenced by the OP is here.
There is obviously a lot of anger in this forum. I set it as a goal to answer the questions as dispassionately and neutrally as possible.
If all cultures are equal, why doesn’t UNESCO organize International Cannibalism Week festivals?
ANSWER: Because cannibalism is universally regarded as repugnant, that would contradict UNESCO's mission of encouraging universal respect for
Why do those demanding “equal pay for equal work” never protest against “equal pay for little or no work”?
ANSWER: Because people generally don't get equal pay for little or no work. (However, it is quite common for people to be substantially underpaid for
their work, and that can be worthy of protest.)
Why has no politician ever run on men’s issues or promised to improve the lives of males?
ANSWER: It is so very common for politicians to run on men's issues that it is unexceptional and not noticed or often discussed.
If all beliefs are equally valid, how come my belief in the absurdity of this maxim gets rejected by its proponents?
ANSWER: A true proponent that all beliefs are equally valid would accept your belief, without a doubt.
Ever noticed that for the past thirty years, we’ve been hearing we have less than ten years to save the planet?
ANSWER: The good news is that we have been able to save and preserve important parts of the planet for the last thirty years, a fact that disappoints
Once a politician labels the truth as hate speech, can anyone trust him to speak the truth afterward?
ANSWER: Any truth can be used in a hateful and non-constructive way. It is good to avoid that, and for politicians to call-out hate speech for what it
is (regardless if there is an underlying truth.)
If a politician gets elected by the poor on a promise to eliminate poverty, wouldn’t fulfilling his promise destroy his voting base? Wouldn’t he
rather benefit from the growing numbers of poor people? Isn’t this an obvious conflict of interests?
ANSWER: If a politician improves the lives of his base, that will generally solidify his base and help him get re-elected.
How did the “war on poverty” end? Has there been a peace treaty or a ceasefire?
ANSWER: The war on poverty is still ongoing.
Why weren’t there demonstrations with anti-feudal slogans under feudal rule?
And under Stalin, no anti-communist demonstrations? And under Hitler, no anti-fascist demonstrations? In a free capitalist society, anti-capitalist
demonstrations are commonplace. Is capitalism really the worst system?
ANSWER: There were no effective demonstrations under Stalin and Hitler because these were brutal government dictatorships.
If capitalism makes some people rich without making others poor, who will benefit when capitalism is destroyed?
ANSWER: People who have been enslaved by capitalism will benefit, mainly those who were made poor by the rich (although not all rich people make
If the poor in America have things that people in other countries can only dream about, why is there a movement to make America more like those other
ANSWER: Because there are many countries that have a much better standard of living than America.
Why, on the rare occasions when Obama’s actions benefit America, does his base get angry? And every time his actions are hurting this nation, his
base is happy? Who exactly are these people?
ANSWER: Because there is often speculation and disagreement as to whether an action is actually beneficial.
If cutting out the middleman lowers the price, why are we paying the government to stand between us and the markets?
ANSWER: Because regulation of the market place is very important to prevent crime and abuse by unscrupulous people.
If racial profiling is an abomination, what do you make of the last presidential election?
ANSWER: We elected someone with highly progressive ideas. As a side note, this person also happens to be our first African-American President.
After Eric Holder called Americans a nation of cowards, what has he done personally to help the situation?
ANSWER: Eric Holder's comment needs to be examined in context before any hard judgments are made.
If diversity training benefits everyone, why do those classes mostly consist of white heterosexual males?
ANSWER: In any business related activity, white heterosexual males will likely be the majority, because they are the majority of the business
Why is a huge poisonous cloud over a volcano considered magnificent — but a smokestack over an American factory is ugly and harmful?
ANSWER: Because a volcanic eruption is an uncommon natural event, whereas a smokestack is quite common and ugly and harmful man-made artifact.
How many Kyoto Protocols are rendered pointless by one medium-sized volcanic eruption?
ANSWER: Not sure, but I would guestimate that one medium-sized volcanic eruption is about 2% of a Kyoto Protocol.
Why is burning gas in my car hurting the planet, but setting fire to housing developments in California is saving it?
ANSWER: Because a controlled burn is a common, inexpensive, and safe way to clear land.
Why does Hollywood glamorize drug addicts, criminals, liberal Democrats, and mentally challenged people? What do they all have in common?
ANSWER: What these people have in common is that they are fascinating, for various diverse reasons.
How come Hollywood can always find a good side in thugs, but never in businesspeople? What was the last movie that pictured a self-reliant,
industrious man as a role model?
ANSWER: The last movie that pictured a self-reliant and industrious man as a role model was "Inception" (the year's best movie, IMO.)
If it’s capitalist greed that forces Hollywood to exploit the lowest human instincts, why didn’t the same greed force Hollywood to exploit
America’s patriotism and make war movies showing the U.S. presence in Iraq and Afghanistan as a force for good?
ANSWER: There are many patriotic and socially relevant movies. Go see "The Hurt Locker".
How come those calling Sarah Palin a “bimbo” often look like part of Paris Hilton’s entourage?
ANSWER: I don't see that as true, so I can't comment.
If there are no absolutes and family is an antiquated tool of bourgeois oppression, why is having gay marriage an absolute must?
ANSWER: There are various opinions on marriage, but generally someone will not get married if they think it is an antiquated tool of oppression.
Would you know from the media coverage that there are more sex offenders among public school teachers then among Catholic priests? How come the church
gets the blame and the Department of Education doesn’t?
ANSWER: It is clear from media coverage that both groups get blamed.
Why is the media so outspoken about sex abusers being priests, but avoids calling them homosexual pedophiles? Who are they afraid to offend?
ANSWER: I don't see that avoidance, so I can't comment.
Why do those who decry modern civilization never live far from shopping centers and why don’t grind their coffee with a stone ax?
ANSWER: Shopping malls and coffee grinders are not particularly onerous aspects of modern civilization, unlike other aspects of modern society such as
crime, pollution, and ignorance.
If we are called a “consumer society” because we consume, why aren’t we also called an “excreter society” because we excrete?
ANSWER: Because consumerism is a much more engaging part of our life than excretion.
How come the unselfish Americans hate their country out of personal frustrations, while the selfish ones defend America with their lives?
ANSWER: Nobody can accurately call someone "selfish" who is willing to defend an unselfish ideal with his or her life. I don't see that as
If describing terrorists as freedom fighters is justified by the journalistic principle of neutrality, what is the name of the principle that
justifies describing U.S. troops as rapists and murderers?
ANSWER: Journalists often apply inaccurate labels in order to shape public opinion.
When the media portrays the killing of terrorists as “slaughter of civilians,” while slaughter of civilians is portrayed as “resistance to
occupation,” is the media really being neutral? Whose side are they really on?
ANSWER: Some journalists are more neutral than others.
If Hollywood types are so opposed to capitalism, why is there a warning against unauthorized distribution of their movies?
ANSWER: Most people in Hollywood are capitalists. Intellectually property can be a legitimate type of property, and needs to be reasonably
Why is experimenting on animals cruel, but experimenting on human embryos compassionate?
ANSWER: Both types of experimentation can be done compassionately, however wanton animal cruelty exists and is all too common and needs to be
regulated and suppressed.
How come industrial logging is a crime against nature, but the destruction of forests by wildfires is a natural cycle of life?
ANSWER: Because industrial logging can be taken to excess, and can be driven by human greed. In contrast, natural wildfires are fairly beyond human
Why do those who object to tampering with the environment approve of tampering with the economy? Isn’t the economy also a fragile ecosystem where a
sudden change can trigger a devastating chain reaction?
ANSWER: Because, while both the environment and the economy are fragile, the economy is mainly a man-made artifact and cannot exist without
considerable human adjustment, regulation, and agreement.
Isn’t the latest economic crisis such a chain reaction?
ANSWER: The current economic crisis was caused by lack of regulatory controls.
Aren’t most of today’s social ills the result of tampering with social ecosystems?
ANSWER: Most social ills are the result of human weaknesses, such as greed, addictive behavior, lack of compassion, and lack of education.
Why is bioengineering bad, but social engineering good?
ANSWER: Both are potentially good.
If Al Gore is right and our consumption of the planet’s resources is a moral issue, doesn’t that make genocide an ethical solution? How about an
artificial famine? What would Al Gore choose?
ANSWER: Indiscriminant consumption of the plant's resources is a moral issue because that type of unchecked behavior can lead to starvation, war, and
genocide. I am sure Al Gore would agree.
If being a winner in nature’s struggle for survival is selfish, does being extinct make you an altruist?
ANSWER: Wanting to survive is not selfish.
Since our planet’s resources are limited, wouldn’t the ultimate act of environmental activism be to stop eating and starve to death?
ANSWER: Environmental activists want to create a sustainable situation where nobody has to starve to death.
How come those who hate humanity for its faults are called “humanists” but those who love humanity for its virtues are called “hate-mongers”?
ANSWER: Because labels can be misapplied quite easily. People often label things inaccurately and poorly.
If economic ups and downs are natural cycles, why is the downturn always blamed on unbridled capitalism, but the upturn is the result of a wise
leadership of a Democrat president?
ANSWER: Because the current economic downturn is mainly due to unbridled capitalism, and our best hope of an upturn will require good leadership.
Why is there never a media story praising capitalism for the booming economy?
ANSWER: The benefits of capitalism are often highlighted.
Ever noticed that those who demand “power to the people” also believe that people can’t do anything right without government supervision?
How exactly does dependency on the government increase “people power”?
ANSWER: Because the government officials are elected by the people.
Why is there never a headline that says “Government program ends as its intended goal has been achieved”?
ANSWER: Because successfully executed government projects are quite common, so this is not usually headline news.
How come so many anti-American radicals are wearing American brands, listen to American music, watch American movies, and play American video games on
computers designed by American engineers?
ANSWER: Because America has a lot of great things to offer the world.
Why do advocates for higher taxes have accountants advising them how they can pay smaller taxes? Wouldn’t you expect them instead to seek advice on
how to give away more of their income to the IRS? Or at least not to hire accountants at all?
ANSWER: Because filling out your taxes can be quite complicated, and you sometimes need an accountant to figure out the right amount of taxes to
Can you name one person who paid the IRS more than he owed because he trusted the government to put his money to good use?
ANSWER: Me -- I think a lot of people slightly overpay their taxes, and are not overly concerned with paying slightly more than they have to.
Did it occur to any of the 9/11 Truthers that a government conspiracy to murder thousands of people would have also included a plan to rub out a few
ANSWER: This suspicion has occurred to many truthers, and other people here at ATS.
If U.S. oil companies own everyone in Washington, how come they allowed Congress to grill them for the alleged price gouging — and to broadcast it
ANSWER: Because control of Government by the oil companies is only partial, and the U.S. still has freedom of speech and press.
Why didn’t Congress also grill Hugo Chavez, Vladimir Putin, and a guy named Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz Bin Abdulrahman Bin Faisal Bin Turki Bin
Abdullah Bin Muhammad al Saud?
ANSWER: Because these people are not U.S. citizens, and not accessible to Congress.
Why are windfall profits a problem when they enrich U.S. companies that pay billions in taxes — but when Hugo Chavez uses the same windfall profits
to fund Marxist guerillas in Colombia, it’s not a big deal?
ANSWER: Price gouging and monopolistic practices are always regarded as a problem. (What the windfall profits are spent on is another issue, and also
a potential problem.)
If George W. Bush was an oil-thirsty dictator, why couldn’t he in eight years get permission from Congress to drill in ANWR? And why didn’t that
failure in any way hurt his dictatorial reputation with the media?
ANSWER: Because Congress was unconvinced that the benefits of drilling in ANWR were worth the risks. Bush's persistent advocacy of drilling in ANWR
reinforced Bush's image as oil-thirty, and a wannabe dictator.
If it’s true that the media emphasized bad news and harassed President Bush only because they competed for ratings, what changed now? Aren’t they
worried that today’s emphasis on good news from the White House will destroy their ratings and make journalism irrelevant?
ANSWER: The good news / bad news cycle occurs irrespective of who is President, and has always occurred.
And finally, if all opinions are equal, how come a liberal who disagrees with a conservative is open-minded, but a conservative who disagrees with a
liberal is a bigot?
ANSWER: Everyone has the same right to express an opinion, and there are always people who will agree or disagree with an opinion no matter how
popular or how inane or how valid that opinion may be.