"There is an almost universal tendency,
perhaps an inborn tendency,
to suspect the good faith of a man
who holds opinions that differ from our own opinions...
It obviously endangers the freedom
and the objectivity of our discussion
if we attack a person instead of attacking
an opinion or, more precisely, a theory."
Sir Karl Popper
(1902-1993) Austrian-born British philosopher, academic and social commentator
“The Importance of Critical Discussion,” in On The Barricades, 1989
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I myself plead guilty to this weakness far too often for my own taste.
 -- Terry Berg, Occidental, CA     
    Aw heck! There goes the fun out of shooting the messenger 'cause you don't like what he says! Especially if he insists on using facts with which I do not find favor!
     -- john-douglas, nassau     
    Interesting ... someone's posting under my name. - nice.
     -- Terry Berg, Occidental, CA     
    Terry, the first post from you was received March 25, 2005. The IP address is the same as all of your other posts around that time. Most entries are left unedited although we will edit comments for web formatting and spelling corrections (often per request but sometimes not).
     -- Editor, Liberty Quotes     
    Editor, I checked my logs and you're right. My apologies all 'round. Mea culpa.
     -- Terry Berg, Occidental, CA     
    Calling people racists, anti-semites, right-wing, left-wing, heretics, etc. merely points out the predjudice of the name-caller. It is so much easier to express a prejudice than to make an argument for or against an ideology.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    In general, the mass is given muddy water to drink, like a house built upon sand. The tried and true foundation rarely exposed due to suppression and/or concealment. The adversary is ever present seeking to find the chink in the armor. Experience is the guide for a lesser mind seeking to "know" what is wise when building. Reduced to name calling is lacking in defense of ones held opinion or theory. 
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
     -- jim k, Austin      
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