Man Without Qualities

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Earth To Howard Fineman: Another Collect Call For You

Senator Clinton's core constituencies are certainly getting restless, as reported by the New York Daily News:

Anti-war activists furious with Sen. Hillary Clinton are vowing to bird-dog her everywhere she goes, starting with a swanky Manhattan fund-raiser tonight. Clinton's letter last week clarifying her position on Iraq--which included rejecting a timetable for withdrawal--fanned the anger of some war opponents, who decided to launch a campaign against New York's junior senator. "We're calling it Bird-Dog Hillary," said Medea Benjamin of the peace group Codepink.
Unfortuneately for Senator Clinton, this particular bird dog won't hunt in national election.

philosophical position
Some critics of determinism argue that if people are assumed incapable of independent choice (free will) there can then be no rational basis for morality, and therefore some aspects of criminal and civil jurisprudence and legislation appear irrational and unjust. How, they ask, can one be punished for an involuntary action? In order to maintain the integrity of social institutions that rely in part upon holding people responsible for their actions, it becomes necessary in their eyes to deny determinism, at least as far as it applies to what we ordinarily call voluntary actions. However, determinists hold that there is a logical basis for morality.
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