Philip Platt

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Philip Platt
Posted almost 2 years ago
If someone respects criminal's ability, is this ok?
First, ask who is a criminal. Many have committed minor offences and got away with it (including me I stole an pencil and paper from work - am I a criminal?). Many offences committed by the rich and powerful are never brought to court, so convictions don't follow but are they criminals? 'Criminal' is not a helpful description of any person but could be used of a habitual offender who appears to be incorrigible, but without question it will not be the only description that will fit a person and his behaviour. People who have committed crimes can be as kind, educated, skilled or talented as anyone else and if these characteristics are used positively should be acknowledged and 'respected' as such. Goebbels chose to use his talents for bad ends but the same talents have been used by many through the ages to persuade by rational discussion and argument.
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Philip Platt
Posted almost 2 years ago
Can racism truly be eliminated?
To discuss racism we need to define the term which my dictionary states as "the theory that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, qualities etc., specific to that race, especially distinguishing it as inferior or superior to another race or races; prejudice, discrimination or antagonism based on this" Clearly there are physical differences between races: it may sometimes appear there are different abilities and qualities between races but whether these differences are based on race or something else like environment, education, upbringing and culture is wide open for discussion. The pernicious corrosive effect of racism occurs when these differences are seen as being inferior or superior which lead to prejudice and discrimination. This corrosion lies in the hearts of those who feel superior and those who feel inferior. Differences between people whether based on personality, talents, race or culture should be recognised and celebrated. No human being is intrinsically inferior to another. Prejudice and discrimination based on race will not be 'eliminated' as a task set by the great and the good according to a set of objectives and a timetable. But they will, over time, become less and less relevant and ultimately disappear though the actions and beliefs of ordinary people who realise such prejudice is childish and rather nasty.