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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/15313/the-logical-thing-to-do/

The logical thing to do…

January 13, 2011 by

…would be to sign up for David Gordon’s online logic course, which starts at today at 7pm EST! As Mises wrote, “There is no hope of eradication the aggression mentality if one does not explode entirely the ideological fallacies from which it stems. This is not a task for psychiatrists, but for economists. Man has only one tool to fight error: reason.”

To better combat the error that abounds in our age, learn how to reason soundly, with Dr. Gordon.

Introduction to Logic


Orlando January 13, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Will this course be offered again?

Current responsibilities keep me from participating this time around.

Ned Netterville January 14, 2011 at 8:50 am

I’m in. And, having attended Dr. Gordon’s first lecture, very happy to have been able to afford the time and small cost (under $150 including text book).

Peter Surda January 14, 2011 at 10:08 am

Regrettably, I don’t have the time at the moment to study and take courses, but this is definitely one that I would be interested in.

Ned Netterville January 15, 2011 at 12:03 pm

In his first lecture, Dr. Gordon used a Paul Krugman article for the class to discover the logical errors therein. In his NYT column today Krugman’s lack of logic is again on public display. Among many other illogical statements, Professor Krugman speaks of “the modern right’s fondness for violent rhetoric.” (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/14/opinion/14krugman.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha212) I’m not far enough along in Dr. Gordon’s class to know in terms of formal logic if this is a non sequitur, an oxymoron, or just plain stupid, but I do know that rhetoric may be inflammatory and even designed to incite violence, but it certainly is never violent. Words hurled about in unquenchable rage never injure anyone (but the speaker); it requires violent people or their agents to act in order to do harm to others.

By no means am I defending Republicans or “the right wing.” But in the political divide that Krugman sees and writes about, clearly advocates of violence are to be found in abundance among Democrats/the left/liberals/progressives and Republicans/the right/conservatives/neocons) alike. Violence is certainly not confined to Republicans and the right as Krugman would have you believe. On the right, we certainly do have those violent people who promote and defend the military-industrial complex and America’s violent foreign policies as well as taxation to support the many government programs their “strictly limited government” accepts. However, on the left we have violent hypocrites who profess to abhor violence but who support many of America’s foreign wars like Afghanistan, and vicious economists like Krugman, who believes that World War II was as an “enormous public-works project” and “a fiscal stimulus adequate to the economy’s needs.” (see: http://jesus-on-taxes.com/ON_PAUL_KRUGMAN.html). Furthermore, Krugman see nothing wrong with sending gun-tooting agents of the IRS to violently force otherwise peaceful people to cough up money to pay for wasteful government programs the left consistently embraces. The Obama-care insurance mandate enforced by those gun-totting IRS agents is a fine example of the left’s penchant for initiating violence and the blatant hypocrisy of any pretense of nonviolence.

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