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By geoff's two cents (anonymous) | Posted October 11, 2008 at 03:33:14

Rusty, some good moderating here. I agree wholeheartedly. I sympathize with Grassroots, and applaud him for his grassroots activism. I have also come to appreciate A. Smith's point of view, though I certainly do not agree with much of what he/she says. A previous post making reference to firearms ownership is a case in point. If I were an idealist, I'd be interested to see a synthesis of sorts between these opposing views. Part of me thinks that we're arguing in favor of similar ideals, though we see different ways of accomplishing them. I think we all have a degree of sympathy for those who have fallen through the safety net, and who are trying to pull themselves back up, and that we resent the fact that so many are at the same time milking the system and making it difficult for administrators, activists, and bureaucrats alike. Generational poverty is also a concern of both - generally speaking - leftist and rightist sides in the debate. I don't have time to contribute the way I'd like, but I think this discussion is constructive and informative. Given that these are problems that have been grappled with from the nineteenth century forward (my own intellectual background is in nineteenth century British liberalism), there are no easy, sound-bite answers, but we can do no worse than explore possibilities. I look forward to future posts. . .

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