Tuesday, June 26, 2007

What to look for in Michael Moore's upcoming "SiCKO"

1. Anecdotal Evidence in place of empirical research.

Scientific evidence is obtained through the scientific method: hypothesis, gather data, observe, draw conclusions. Anecdotal evidence is not based on facts or rigorous empirical study. Often, it is used to promote one's own agenda, particularly when the scientific evidence (and many other testimonials) supports the opposite claim. When anecdotal evidence is used in this way, it constitutes a logical fallacy.

2. Moore's inability to effectively use rhetoric.

MOORE: So you, Mr. Canadian, believe that all Canadian citizens should pay tax dollars to support each others' health?
MOORE: Are you a socialist?
CANADIAN: No, I'm a conservative.
MOORE, TO AUDIENCE: Ha! Bet you didn't see that coming! I'm so clever.

Smooth like *water.*

3. Michael Moore smugly pointing out many elected officials who have accepted money from health care lobbyists.

Though he'll fail to realize that it was the increasing government intervention in the private sector, exactly like what he's advocating now, that initially set the stage for the increasing corporate intervention in government that we see today.

You can't inject the government into the corporation without injecting the corporation into the government.
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Wednesday, June 13, 2007


I've finally arrived on the blogosphere.

Though the title of my blog sounds like that of a conspiracy theorist, that is far from my intent here. (Actually, the name is taken from a Nine Inch Nails song, though that doesn't relate to the content of this blog, either.)

This blog is a place for me to wax philosophical on politics, economic policy, and liberty. It's also a place for me to talk about the everyday stuff that bloggers talk about (that's what they do, right? I'm new to all this).

Thank you for tuning in. Enjoy the show.