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Old 12-03-2010, 10:10 PM
chrisn chrisn is offline
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Default Re: An Advertisement for Openness (Glenn Greenwald & Matt Welch)

A good definition of conservatism is one that recognizes that conservatism doesn't seek to increase inequality, but rather it doesn't seek to constrain human nature to policy, force of law, and the potential corruption of people who would enforce equality of outcome often idealistically through public policy.

You've probably observed all of your life that people aren't equal, even your siblings. Like all of us, on some level,you're probably looking for equality, fairness, justice (social and otherwise) but of course, these are ideals. They are abstractions (put them in an evo psy theory or not). A good conservative position merely recognizes the wisdom of living with a lot of inequality, in order to maintain as much freedom as possible. Skepticism goes far here, especially in the realm of theory applied to human organization (responsible for millions upon millions of deaths).

Assange may have an ideal, but it's probably not thought out too well. He's acted recklessly in my opinion. Some people will hunt him without knowing why. He may have done some good, but for reasons he doesn't even know.

You're also free to live in Chomsky's world (a man with no political experience, and no coherent political philosophy beyond his anarcho-syndicalism). Thanks for the linguistic theory, Noam

Our system is designed in part to avoid living in Chomsky's world and others like him. You're free also to not live in Marx's world, or Stalin's or the Pope's, or Bob Wright's, or the Mormon Church's, or Newt Gingrich's, or....

Galileo's, Newton's, Einstein's worlds and the objective, physical world are another matter, and one of deep philosophical debate.

That's my two cents.
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