Thursday, February 22, 2007

Presumptive

How do you respond to the demands of crude individualism?

Is this a force that has an unstoppable momentum? Something that only a fool would resist?

Or is it possible to make - and assert - the case for collective decision-making and collective provision?

When I was trained as a salesman in the rip-roaring '80s, we were encouraged to use the 'presumptive close'. It's where you have a conversation with a customer that assumes that they've brought what you're selling already. Stuff like "how many of them shall I have delivered" and "will a yellow one do?"

And it's alright as long as the punter knows what you're selling them. But I've no idea what most self-styled libertarians are selling me. Yet I seem to spend more time reading articles that are designed to be a presumptive close from these berks.

Repeat after me: "Most determinists and shit at predicting things. Ignore them."

In the meantime, are there any psychologists out there who can save me the bother of having to work out 'why it's better to pretend you're a libertarian'? A case like this one?

Update: This question has now been answered correctly here. I'm beginning to like this kind of blogging. Instead of having to compose a post, you ask someone else to do it for you.

3 comments:

Ivan said...

The very question, methinks, is akin to asking 'Are you still beating your wife'.

Anonymous said...

Asking questions. Good way of getting other people to write your blog posts for you.

Declaring questions answered correctly. Bad way of persuading people to comment on your blog.

daniel davies said...

I don't see what those two links have in common. The first one is just in the general category "rhetorical questions whose answer is 'yes'", in this case the question being "does someone else know better than me what the correct amount to spend on education might be".

The second is just a question about fashion choices. There's nothing particularly libertarian about thinking that people who want to wear veils ought to be allowed to wear them.