This is the Quality Contributions Roundup. It showcases interesting and well-written comments and posts from the period covered. If you want to get an idea of what this community is about or how we want you to participate, look no further (except the rules maybe--those might be important too).
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These are mostly chronologically ordered, but I have in some cases tried to cluster comments by topic so if there is something you are looking for (or trying to avoid), this might be helpful. Here we go:
Quality Contributions to the Main Motte
- "Three Felonies A Day was less interested in asking how hard it was to comply with the law, and more interested in asking whether the laws really mattered when police, prosecutors, and sometimes even judges were willing and happy to accept novel frameworks for the right target or high enough (or low enough) stakes."
Contributions for the week of April 3, 2023
- "O’Toole’s criticisms of trains are not inherent to their engineering, but in very large part contingent on the way the investment in car infrastructure saps away their ridership."
- "A peasant village? Never. But up until the mid-late twentieth century, the rich had very personal relationships with their servants."
- "It's Morning in California. Rather, it's Morning in the legislative season, a time when big ideas seem possible, before they disappear into a swamp of obscure pitfalls and shenaniganry."
- "Given...certain recent events, there might be a renewed interest in discussing what redress (if any) we might have when a prosecutor misbehaves."
- "But being denied the apparent moral victory of being personally involved in electing America's First Woman President was (for many) apparently so, so much more than just another loss."
- "But when you're making products for a business, you run into the issue of actually having to appeal to potential customers so that they give you their money for the product."
- "Don't teach that Nazis were extraordinary for being villains, or that Jews were extraordinary for being victims."
Contributions for the week of April 10, 2023
- "People often defend surrogacy with the idea that people have the right to do what they want with their bodies. I appreciate and respect those willing to stand in a libertarian defense of something I value, but for my part, I strongly prefer a more affirmative case."
- "Imagine if the US was genuinely tough on crime, if they made a serious effort to kill or detain serious criminals, permanently remove them from circulation."
- "For many people whose exposure to transgenderism has been filtered through sympathetic lenses — popular media or news about transgender oppression — this may be their first genuine glimpse at the uglier side of it."
- "If we had the technology to safely (ideally reversibly) transition people to the opposite sex at a cellular level, such that they were functionally indistinguishable from someone assigned the same gender at birth, then I see no reason to object! I"
- "If we're lucky, this new ideology might be better, might not have any side effects, might not change us, and might never go away. Wait..."
- "Rarely is the chasm between my own thought and mainstream thought so apparent as when conversation turns to advertisers."
Contributions for the week of April 17, 2023
- "School/education on its own seems relatively fine. It's just the particular way we go about it that ruins everything."
- "...if a bunch has been written about a topic, ChatGPT actually has quite a lot of knowledge about that topic, and the trick is creating a context where a human who knew the thing you wanted to know would have expressed that knowledge."
- "If I want to date you, I want to know your sex, not your gender; If I'm working with you, I want to know neither."
Contributions for the week of April 24, 2023
- "Imagine if worship of Greek gods had survived to the present day--a religion of, say, 20 million, with half living in Greece but the other half in various diasporas around the world. In that hypothetical world, who is plausibly 'Greek?'"
- "What is going in Sudan is a practical demonstration that being a global power does not mean that everything going on in the world is secretly about you."
- "I'm not interested in resegregation in any way, but I think people are really bad at understanding the historical perspective."
- "Can you imagine a modern politician being in favor of legalizing something that they thought was deeply morally wrong?"
- "We've engaged in heroic levels of social engineering to try to eliminate discrimination and racism. To the extent that such elimination is actually possible, I'd say we've done it."
- "There is a reason we don't just leave cigarettes or alcohol or sexual activity to the good judgment and curious nature of children."