Today marks the birth of Frederic Bastiat in 1801. He is well known for writing ‘The Law‘ in 1850 which gives his view on the legitimate purpose of government. One point being that when government does not protect liberty and property it is contrary to the legitimate function of government. Part of his [...] [...]
Unfortunately, the writing is atrocious. It contains far too many parentheticals, disjointed sentences, too many commas and too few periods.
Worse than that is the tone. Mr. Alston is justifiably passionate about the racial injustices of the drug war. The tone, however, is not designed to win converts to his point of view. It is designed to inflame the passions of those that already agree with him.
I have never found that a wise strategic choice. Inflaming passions has its place, but it is far less helpful in the long run than a reasoned appeal to the logic of those that disagree. I want to increase the overall number of lions in the zoo, not merely throw red meat to the lions already there.
Angry rhetoric, even when justified, turns people away from the message. A strong, reasoned argument brings people to the message.