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Date:      Sun, 12 Sep 1999 19:54:16 -0600
From:      Brett Glass <brett@lariat.org>
To:        "David Schwartz" <davids@webmaster.com>, "Jay Nelson" <jdn@acp.qiv.com>
Cc:        <freebsd-chat@FreeBSD.ORG>
Subject:   RE: FreeBSD Distributions: Leveling the playing field
Message-ID:  <4.2.0.58.19990912194922.04ab7810@localhost>
In-Reply-To: <000201befd8a$0b0dcac0$021d85d1@youwant.to>
References:  <4.2.0.58.19990912193601.04ad0da0@localhost>

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At 06:48 PM 9/12/99 -0700, David Schwartz wrote:

         Actually, this is a pretty unique form of reductio ad absurdum. Normally,
>reductio ad absurdum is used to refute 'general principles' by demonstrating
>that there are extreme cases to which they don't apply.
>
>         However, what Brett did is the equivalent of "Because David's argument
>isn't true about people, it must not be true about FreeBSD." 

Not so. Your argument WAS about people: in particular, about unequal treatment
of people who do distributions of FreeBSD.

>         I would further point out that equating "treating people differently" with
>"depriv[ing] them of rights" is typical of socialist propoganda. 

Actually, I was thinking of the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution, 
two pillars of good ol' capitalist democracy.

--Brett



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