Joe—you wrote of the pomo (who pretend they're not) pusballs:
They don't want to argue rape is moral, they want to argue that we can't really be sure that it's immoral. They drop context, they switch definitions, they create package deals (don't judge a rape by the action, but by any accidental, unintended consequence), they nit-pick, they deal in motives (attacking the person) instead of argument, and they use every logical fallacy in the book to confuse, obscure, and destroy.
Note how my claim that the pusballs "can never bring themselves to a black-and-white appraisal of anything, even something so foul as rape" is whined about in such telling defensiveness by pusball Barnes as "Linz's feeble attempt to make out that a perfectly reasonable, rational guy like Laj is actually tacitly endorsing rape."
I'm not making out any such thing. To say that the pomo pusballs support, not just rape, but every evil, tacitly, would be letting them off the hook. They are worse than open advocates of rape, in that, like Toohey, they sugar-coat their vileness with a semblance of sweet reason. But tacit is too weak a word. "Perfectly reasonable, rational"? The pusballs are "perfect" in their evil. As I said, slow, subtle, insidious.
My words bear repeating:
We see such pusballs gatecrashing on SOLOHQ. Not the excrement-framers themselves, but their philosophical parents. Their stock-in-trade is ambiguity, uncertainty, “well yes, but ...,” “not necessarily”—verbal clutter and entropy. They slither around in what Ayn Rand would call the “hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all.” Under the guise of “critical thinking,” they commit to nothing, and try to cast doubt on everything. Their goal is to destroy the hero in the souls of those they engage, because they resent it. They want to destroy it, not in one fell swoop, but “spark by irreplaceable spark”—slowly, subtly, insidiously. That’s what their verminous verbosity is all about. Inch by inch they seek to envelop their victims in their slime, till all sparks are extinguished.
Note how the pusballs have no respect for property rights, continuing their "gatecrashing," accusing me of using a "bully pulpit" as though it's theirs! The shame is that decent people like Bill Dwyer and Robert Campbell are being seduced into engaging the pusballs. I guess the decent Dwyers of this world haven't been around SOLO long enough to know what unutterable scum these creatures are.
PS - MSK has drawn my attention to a new site that would suit the pusballs to their heinous hilt: wetheunthinking.com or something like that, started by one of their own. Why don't they just bugger off there?!