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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Did He Call Bennett's Critics "Idiots"? Yes, He Did!

I guess I lack Walter Williams clarity and honesty. On the Bill Bennett issue, I provide a fairly long quote from Dr. Williams (please do not miss the final sentence that I will put in bold):

If a 100 square-mile meteor strikes the Earth, millions of people will be killed. If a person falls off the Empire State Building, he will die. Here's another: If a person goes 30 days without water, he will die. All of these statements, as well as that made by Bennett, are what are known as conditional statements. A conditional statement is an "if-then" statement of the form: "if P, then Q." P is the antecedent, the "if" part of the statement, and "Q" is the consequent, the "then" part of the statement. Going back to my first example, "If a 100 square-mile meteor strikes the Earth," is the antecedent; "billions of people will be killed" is the consequent.

To test the truth of a conditional statement, one need only examine the evidence. That is, will going without water for 30 days or falling off the Empire State Building cause death? Is making a conditional statement advocacy? In other words, do you interpret my conditional statements as calling for a 100 square-mile meteor to strike the Earth, or calling for people to fall off the Empire State Building or go 30 days without water? One would have to be an idiot to make such an interpretation.

That is what I have been trying to say about the people who have responded to Bennett's comments by claiming he is a racist.

Again going to Dr. Williams (for those of you who fall into the "idiot" category as defined above, you can move to another blog as this quote part has numbers and they can get quite confusing):

Let's examine Bill Bennett's conditional "if black babies were aborted the crime rate would go down." According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Uniform Crime Reports for 2003 (http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius_03/pdf/03sec4.pdf), blacks, who are 13 percent of the population, were 49 percent of murder arrests, 33 percent of arrests for rape, and 54 percent of arrests for robberies. That means Bennett's statement was true.

Idiots do not accept truths outside of their own personal paradigm's---oops, worlds.

3 Comments:

At 11:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hurrah for Walter Williams! I remember "if-then" statements from my "Philosophy (Logic)" class in my freshman year in college. Maybe those "educated" elites missed that class. Too bad those on the left can't see past their own prejudices to see the statement Bennett was putting forth, not advocating. The fact is that they are prejudiced against Bennett for his moral proselytizing and so it does not matter what he said or the logic behind it. He put the phrases "abort black babies" and "reduce crime" in the same sentence and thus they will seek to take him to task.

 
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