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#1 posted 08-19-2011 at 07:50 PM

My only suggestion is that the next time someone wants to interject what they believe to be a cleaver jab at a particular demographic, at least adjust the fallacy to accommodate the target audience. For example:

An atheist was seated next to Righteous Rachel at the Lie-Nielsen workshop on plane sharpening and he turned to her and said, “Do you want to talk? These workshops go much quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow hand-tool enthusiast.”

Righteous Rachel, who had just started using hand planes, replied to the total stranger, “What would you want to talk about?”

Oh, I don’t know,” said the atheist. “How about why there is no tool God, or no perfect zero degree cutting angle, or no Stanley #1 smoothing plane really worth what collectors are willing to pay” as he smiled smugly.

“OK,” she said. “Those could be interesting topics but let me ask you a question first. Black and Decker, DeWalt, and Porter-Cable have all shifted production to China and made a fortune as a result. Yet people are willing to pay premium prices for one brand and not the other simply because of product placement.
Why do you suppose that is?”

The atheist, visibly surprised by Righteous Rachel’s annoying precociousness and wanting to slap her silly, thinks about it and says, “Hmmm, I have no idea. Isn’t there some G8 summit you should be attending instead of asking me these dumb-ass questions?”

To which Righteous Rachel replies, “What are you a communist? Do you really feel qualified to discuss why there is no tool God, no perfect zero degree cutting angle, or no Stanley #1 smoothing plane really worth what collectors are willing to pay, when you don’t know shit about capitalism?”

And then she went back to reading her favorite Cato Institute hack.


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