It was a very good year for "moral relativism"
May 2006: The month in which Jonah thought moral relativism is bad.
Another point which might be worth mentioning is that while Matt (Yglesias) ostensibly rejects the notion that there is an objective, external, thing called "good" or "evil" he clearly accepts "better" and "worse" as real things outside his own private worldview. It's always seemed a dodge to me to deny objective moral reality, while at the same time clinging to notions of better and worse. What do better and worse point to if not the good and the bad?September 2006: The month in which Jonah Goldberg thought moral relativism meant the exact opposite of what it means.
Comparing CIA facilities to Stalin's gulag may sound righteous, but it is a species of the same moral relativism that denounces all pushers of old ladies equally.December 2006: The month in which Jonah Goldberg decided moral relativism was fine by him.
Gen. Pinochet seized a country coming apart at the seams. He too clamped down on civil liberties and the press. He too dispatched souls. Chile's official commission investigating his dictatorship found that Pinochet had 3,197 bodies in his column; 87% of them died in the two-week mini-civil war that attended his coup. Many more were tortured or forced to flee the country.And now he thinks of his life as vintage whine...
But on the plus side, Pinochet's abuses helped create a civil society.