3 thoughts on “Question of the Day!

  1. The individual is a social construction – and society is created by individuals in groups. A strong society means strong individuals, strong individuals require a strong society. All those listed things have an impact but so do all the things left out. Politics is a result of these things having forces, political outcomes are the result of forces in conflict. Not ideas alone but mobilized viscera, with which ideas can be intermediary. So since I might be missing the intent of the question… is it that if a person believes that short list are determinate what politics does it support? I would say conservative, but then many on the left are very conservative.

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  2. No, the individual is free and is not determined by anything, but the political question does not arise on the individual level. Are there statistically significant group differences that sort themselves along the lines mentioned, and that are intractable (language may be a partial exception) to social engineering? Definitely yes. Nobody has figured out how to put these two realities together. And it doesn’t help that very few people are sufficiently numerate to be able to understand the meaning of statistical group differences. Usually you get anecdotes in response.

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    • How do you surmise that the individual is not determined by anything? Just curious… We are all born,, our parents begin influencing us from the beginning, then the State through education, then all the various true or fake systems of media, religious or atheist-scientific-naturalist influences… Freedom isn’t something that exists in solipsistic solitude… we are all determined by something: this does not mean the same thing as some absolute determinism like Spinoza’s God-Nature-Materialism… it just means we are swayed, influenced, bound to various traditions out of choice or not. Where do you stand on Free Will: yea/nay… your response with statistical or probability notions is bound to certain determinations that you believe provide answers. So is this contingency, chance, or determinism of numeracy?

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