Environmental Ethics
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Ernest Partridge, Ph.D

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Before 2004

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I offer below, random musings, reflections, correspondence, scraps of work-in-progress, and other such miscellany, perchance worth sharing but not ready for the prime time of formal publication.  

Much of this material  has been adapted from personal e-mail correspondence. While I am perfectly free to use, revise and expand on my side of these exchanges, use of the "incoming" correspondence is problematic. I have neither the right nor the inclination to include the words of my correspondents if they can be identified either by name or description.

If I am confident that the correspondents can not be identified and if their part of the exchange is essential to the exchange, then I might quote them directly. Otherwise, their ideas will be briefly paraphrased, only to supply context to my part of these conversations. In no case will I identify the correspondents by name.

On the other hand, signed letters to The Crisis Papers and The Online Gadfly are fair game as are other comments published in the internet. They were submitted with the clear understanding that they, and their signatories, might be made public.

Incoming correspondence will be identified by italics. My contributions will be in plain text.

March 13, 2003

An unanswered letter to Paul Begalla:

I have much appreciated and enjoyed your defense of "the left" on Crossfire. You and James Carville are conspicuous among the very few liberal voices remaining of the broadcast media today.

Thus I must tell you, with greatest regret, that you almost knocked me out of my seat on Tuesday when you said (to the best of my recollection) that once the shooting starts, you will cease all criticism of "your" President's conduct of his Iraq war (most assuredly, not my President and not my war). With that remark, you put yourself in the unseemly company of Bill O'Reilly, Jerry Falwell and Rush Limbaugh.

Please explain to me, Mr. Begalla, why a war that is justly criticized as unwarranted and immoral before it begins, all of a sudden is placed beyond criticism after it is launched?

Why do we "support our troops" by sending them into the jaws of death, and we "betray our troops" when we insist that they be brought home at once, safe and sound?

Such thinking extended the Viet Nam by several years, at the cost of thousands of American and millions of Vietnamese lives -- until, that is, the American public finally wised up and put a stop to that disaster.

You pronouncement (and that of the aforementioned O'Reilly, Falwell and Limbaugh) raises some intriguing questions: Would you would have denounced Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Klaus von Stauffenberg and Hans and Sophie Scholler ("The White Rose") for failing to support their "leader" in a time of war? And what, today, is your opinion of Daniel Ellsberg?

This is exactly the sort of "follow the leader" attitude among such "respectable" Democrats as yourself that "lost" the 2002 election -- that and the rigged computer voting in Georgia, Colorado and elsewhere, about which said "establishment" Democrats have said not a word to date.

Ernest Partridge, Co-Editor







Dr. Ernest Partridge is a consultant, writer and lecturer in the field of Environmental Ethics and Public Policy. He has taught Philosophy at the University of California, and in Utah, Colorado and Wisconsin. He publishes the website, "The Online Gadfly" (www.igc.org/gadfly) and co-edits the progressive website, "The Crisis Papers" (www.crisispapers.org).  Dr. Partridge can be contacted at: gadfly@igc.org .