In the end all of these straw men
arguments are meant to discredit those who believe that what is happening in the region is a struggle for its future; not between freedom and oppression but between the sort of sociopolitical oppression in the name of God or sect that Europe last experienced in the 17th century -- or perhaps in a secular form under the revolutionary regime in France in the 1790s -- and a gradual recapturing of what Ibn Khaldun or Al-Mawardi would have recognized as a form of government dealing with the problems of this world with due respect for the divine but a profound understanding that human problems are for human ingenuity to solve.
He merely sets up the straw men
of Neo-Malthusian, Peak Earther, or Luddite and demands that those opposing growth identify with one of the only supposed categories of those opposed to unlimited growth.
To get there, however, it helps to know the basic principles of rational argumentation, and to see fallacies such as ad hominem or the setting up of straw men
. Intended for use as an undergraduate textbook, this work takes the student through the key principles, while making real world references to people like Rush Limbaugh and Al Gore.
The SNP independence message is well honed but Salmond has to do more than knock down straw men
, like demanding a debate with David Cameron.
The area will be lined with straw men
- all with a Children's Favourites theme - and there will be a fly-past by World War Two Spitfire and Hurricane planes during the event, at the weekend.
However, an industry representative says CFA's latest effort is nothing more than setting up "straw men
" and knocking them down.
Lewis-Williams likes to set up straw men
in order to knock them down, thereby proving himself as correct as he assumed at the beginning.
The whence, the why and the wherefore is the Big Question that those guys never tackle, preferring as they do to tilt at straw men
. In a review article of The God Delusion in the London Review of Books, Professor Terry Eagleton wrote that "God" is the answer to the question, "Why is there something rather than nothing?" I couldn't have put it better myself.