Betsy McCaughey — an outspoken proponent of the myth that Democrats’ health care reform proposals will lead to the creation of “death panels,” as well as a former lieutenant governor of New York and adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute — has stepped down from her position as a director of Cantel Medical Corp., which bills itself as a “leading provider of infection prevention and control products in the healthcare market.”Frankly, I don't like to use this blog for ANY political purposes because in general my take is that a lot of politics is beyond the scope of skepticism. Some questions don't lend themselves to a purely rational analysis, for example qualitative questions.
Regardless, this outcome reminded me of an ongoing debate in skepticism dealing with the role of civility and the value of ridicule in confrontations with differing points of view. I posted a tiny message on twitter and it cross-posted to facebook. And this exchange with Reed Esau and Daniel Loxton took place. I enjoyed the discourse so much that I didn't want to lose it - and there may be others out there that would like to comment on it. So I'm preserving it here on my blog.
DoctorAtlantis There are many skeptics who question whether ridicule is appropriate. Being nice is - well, nice. But check this: : http://bit.ly/3qvxcg
So that's the thread. Got anything to add?
Be civil. ;)