Saturday, September 11, 2010

Time Horizons War Edition

ED Kain has a post on war, in which he writes:
When our government wages a war overseas against terror or domestically against drugs (or overseas against drugs and domestically against terror) or when they tell you that they’re trying only to stabilize Afghanistan or resolve the conflict in such a way as to make a graceful exit, etc. these are lies.

ED also quotes another blogger:
When people say that the job, purpose, goal, intent, etc. of something is to do something entirely different and often at near total odds with what it actually does, because someone once proclaimed these unsubstantiated and never-happening outcomes to be the job, purpose, goal, intent, etc., it calls into question their analytic framework.

FLG will take the liberty of inserting words he thinks clarifies what's going on here:
When people say that the job, purpose, goal, intent, etc. of something is to do something entirely different and often at near total odds with what it actually does [in the short-term], because someone once proclaimed these unsubstantiated and [long-term] outcomes to be the job, purpose, goal, intent, etc., it calls into question their analytic framework.

Likewise, for ED. Thinking about the long-term, valuing the future higher than the present, isn't just a different time value or even wrong, but downright lies. This is why FLG wasn't the least bit surprised when ED cast off the label of conservative. He values the present too much to truly be a conservative.

Again,FLG is not making a claim about the rightness of the long-term analysis or short-term analysis in any case. Nor is FLG saying that long-term or short-term analysis makes one particular conclusion inevitable. He is simply saying that liberals worry about short term, and by extension empirical data, more than conservatives.

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