But in the event Occam’s razor applies and Scott is referring to what I wrote here the other day, I’ll just make a couple of observations in response:
1. Derogatory references to “tin foil hats” and calling people you don’t know “insane” or “irrational” with no basis whatsoever is easily as common, facile and stupid as the knee-jerk resort to Nazi and Hitler references. That said, some people are insane or irrational and some Nazi and Hitler references are valid, or at least colorable. It really depends in each case on things like context.
2. To the extent that the implication of your post is that I am “irrational” or “insane”, if you’re serious about that come over here and make your case; or, since you are an attorney in New York, if you’re really serious bring your fitness concerns about me to the Attorney Grievance Committee. If you’re not serious it is, at a minimum, very bad judgment to imply that about another attorney in a blog post, and if that’s what you were doing you should correct or retract the implication.
3. The truth or falsehood of propositions does not depend upon how many people assent to them or who those people are, or how many people read your blog, although those things are all significant socially and commercially and perhaps other ways. You may be a relativist that doesn’t believe there is any such thing as good and evil, right and wrong, truth and falsehood, guilt and innocence and so on. A lot of people, particularly of your generation, hold these views. I think this is ultimately an irrational view of the world, though not in the sense that it’s “insane”, and it’s perfectly reasonable that you would think the same thing in reverse. But having more people on your side, if in fact that’s the case, doesn’t make you right and me wrong, or vice versa. Then again, if there’s no such thing as right and wrong, soliciting support from others is perhaps all that remains. In any case, this appears to be precisely and fundamentally what we disagree about. If you would like to explore this disagreement, feel free to come over here. I’ll publish your comments. But oblique or cryptic references to me on your own blog strike me as being at odds with your usual practice, and a disservice to your readers, and to me.
4. In 2012, a goal at Simple Justice is to elevate the tenor of discussion and thought.
That’s a nice way to wrap up your post and a good goal. I suggest you begin by setting an example yourself.