[ExI] Is this who we are?
William Flynn Wallace
foozler83 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 7 16:44:41 UTC 2017
I think only a small minority of people simply want the freedom to act as they
will without being responsible for others. This behavior is less instinctually
satisfying but more intellectually so. But it does make itso you don't see
too many libertarian chimps.
BTW;, monkeys are really bad at imitation learning.
Our answers to the above implied questions determines to an extent what we
think about the role of gov. in people's lives. How many people actually
need a nanny state to tell them what to do, how to handle their money (or
handle it for them, such as forcing retirement plants on workers), save
them when they fail, and so on?
We libertarians disdain such things, esp. we smart ones. But we are a
small percentage of the population.
On Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 12:36 AM, Stuart LaForge <avant at sollegro.com> wrote:
> BillW wrote:
> > We are creatures easily swayed, constantly infected by the opinions of
> > others, lacking critical self-understanding, easily gripped by
> > hopes and ambitions. Our capacity for self-government is spasmodic, and
> > even while we preen ourselves on our critical and independent, free and
> > rational decisions, we are the slaves of fashion and opinion and social
> > cultural forces of which we are ignorant. It would often be good, and no
> > signal of disrespect to ourselves, if those who know better could rescue
> > from our worst follies.
> > from Ethics by Simon Blackburn
> > - opinions please?
> He sounds like a shill for the ruling class. . . but he also sounds like
> he is speaking from experience.
> Many people genuinely do want to be led by those who they believe know
> better than them. Some fewer people genuinely believe that they know
> better than others and want to lead them. That is the primate norm after
> all. Monkey see, monkey do.
> I think only a small minority of people simply want the freedom to act as
> they will without being responsible for others. This behavior is less
> instinctually satisfying but more intellectually so. But it does make it
> so you don't see too many libertarian chimps.
> Stuart LaForge
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