"I can help anyone if they will listen."

Damn, it must be nice to be omnipotent.

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Not to be pedantic, but this would be closer to “omniscient”. If he were omnipotent it wouldn’t matter if they listened or not. And the fact that everyone could be helped simply by listening to him suggests that he knows everything, though I suppose it could be that he just knows one thing that would help everyone.

Ok, definitely pedantic. :) Was the interview otherwise worth listening to?

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will listen is harder than people realize: a lot of people hate listening to someone thinking they are better/smarter/more right than them

can help is also undefined: improve situation marginally or fix situation completely is both helping, but have radically different meanings

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1. I seldom see it mentioned in this sort of debate that things like drug use and singe mother families could plausibly be the result of more affluence.

2. When people are poor for Religious reasons their children do not get the bad outcomes that many blame on growing up poor. Joel Kyras is evidently the poorest county in the USA not much crime or illegitimacy there.

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At the end of your "adversarial collaboration" Chris Arnade refers to the dignity of work as being directly linked to "craft". This made me think of Mathew Crawford's classic book 'Shop Class as Soulcraft', which I recommend highly.

I taught woodworking and carpentry from the far back row---actually outside the typical American classroom (in a shop and in the field) for over 30 years. One of the most noteworthy things about this experience is that I also taught philosophy and psychology. Consequently, I traversed the territory between the front row (brain and intellect stuff) and back row (hand and body work) daily. Seriously--can these parts of ourselves be separated? And even if they could, which I highly doubt, should they be? Thanks to my survival instinct to remain whole I learned to disregard dichotomy enforced by false (educational) boundaries.

Seems to me, both you and Mr. Arnade would appreciate and perhaps even benefit from my "unsolicited advice" to read 2 Theodore Dalrymple books closely related to the subjects you collaborated here:

Romancing Opiates: Pharmacological Lies and the Addiction Bureaucracy

Life at the Bottom: The Worldview That Makes the Underclass

I guess this makes 3 books when you add Mathew Crawford's---all willfully, but respectfully "unsolicited".

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