I recently discovered a Toronto-based blog called The Fourth Checkraise. The proprietor, Ilkka, appears to be a Finnish expat and academic — I’m thinking computer science, or at least one of the STEM fields. He also has a wicked sense of humor, and asks interesting questions:
- [W]hy is it that you have the right to bodily autonomy to use as many illegal drugs as you want, yet you believe that the state should strictly control and ration actual medicine and all pharmaceutical drugs?
- Why is it perfectly OK for Canada to require that her immigrants must be proficient in national language, and to require that all voters must show a valid ID and prove their citizenship before they are allowed to cast their votes, but it would be almost unspeakably horrible racism for the United States to do the same?
- You sure seem to delight in calling us conservatives “anti-intellectual”! Could you give us some kind of reasonable operational definition for this term that you so love to fling around? Can you then give at least a ballpark estimate of the percentage of Muslims or black people in the world who are “anti-intellectual” according to your very definition that you just provided a moment ago? Have you ever criticized either one of these two groups for being “anti-intellectual”? Why not?
You might want to add The Fourth Checkraise to your daily reading. I have.