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To: GOPcapitalist
I have raised my children to understand that if they tell even one lie and get caught, they will never again be fully trusted by the person they lied to. This is an unconscious and irreversible consequence of getting caught in a lie. Nothing can be done about it.

You characterize the "4 or 5 complaints" about DiLorenzo's book as "petty". I submit that they are not "petty" and in fact cast doubt on the credibility of the whole work. DiLorenzo has shown that he cannot be trusted.

32 posted on 06/21/2002 8:53:08 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard
You can get a sense of this argument from this thread, which I am happy to let stand as it is.

Here

Cheers,

Richard F.

33 posted on 06/21/2002 9:19:03 PM PDT by rdf
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To: Lancey Howard
I have raised my children to understand that if they tell even one lie and get caught, they will never again be fully trusted by the person they lied to. This is an unconscious and irreversible consequence of getting caught in a lie. Nothing can be done about it. You characterize the "4 or 5 complaints" about DiLorenzo's book as "petty". I submit that they are not "petty" and in fact cast doubt on the credibility of the whole work. DiLorenzo has shown that he cannot be trusted.

How so? Have you no room for an honest mistake? DiLorenzo has indicated that perhaps the most major of these 4-5 complaints was an honest mistake, and took measures to correct it. I don't think it is reasonable to smear him over as a "liar" and "fraud" over that one error against him for a book of 300 pages.

A second of the oft-cited "errors," the 1857 thing, was a mistake made by somebody else that DiLorenzo transfered inadvertantly when he cited the earlier work as his source. That doesn't establish the charge "liar" against him either.

The rest of the complaints are almost all disputes over interpretations of quotes by other authors.

Further, I believe every one of these reasonably qualifies as "petty" and invite you to explain otherwise.

34 posted on 06/21/2002 9:48:28 PM PDT by GOPcapitalist
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