Re: virus: Masterbation and Kant

Nathaniel Hall (
Tue, 16 Sep 1997 00:29:40 -0600

Nathaniel Hall wrote:

> Tim Rhodes wrote:
>> On Sun, 14 Sep 1997, Nathaniel Hall wrote:
>> > Even if it brings about bad things Kant claims we are supposed to
>> hold
>> > good will in high esteem. Some of the Soviets who fought so
>> bravely to
>> > bring communism to Russia truly thought they were bringing
>> wonderful
>> > things to humanity. They had good will but were acting on bad
>> knowledge
>> > (socialism is wonderful). They were evil even though they did not
>> think
>> > of themselves as such. The suffering that could have been
>> prevented on
>> > the people of Russia and the rest of the world had they been
>> acting on
>> > good knowledge (Capitalism) is immeasurable.
>> Hmmmm, maybe my history is a bit rusty, but didn't the Revolution
>> overthrow an updated feudal system? The error of the communists
>> wasn't
>> the Revolution, it was not having a second one 50 years later (I
>> think
>> Stalin took care of that).
>> -Prof. Tim
> It did replace feudalism and having the revolution wan't necessarily
> bad. But they already had a good model they could have copied (I.E.
> The United States) But they chose a bad theory instead. Stalin was not
> a aberation of that theory but the natural outcome of it. You can
> reach that verdict inductively (by looking at the history of
> communist regimes worldwide) or you can reach it deductively ( as in
> Rand, Hayek, Adam Smith, or Milton Freeman) when both techniques
> arrive at the same answer you can bet your pretty close to the truth.
> The Nateman