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20 Observations About Human Nature That Liberals Would Probably Disagree With

katepatate Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 3:18 PM
All I can say to this is "amen."
John1921 Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 3:57 PM
Not necessarily. My main objection to this article would be that it starts past the beginning of the debate between Right and Left. Leftists, being the hellspawn of the Enlightenment, do not believe that Human Nature exists at all. Like Locke, they believe man is born a "blank slate" with no instincts of any importance (Locke said the only behviors seen at birth could be instincts). This idea that human behavior was infinitely malleable is the bedrock on which all Leftist/utopian schemes rest. The Communists rationalized mass murder on
John1921 Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 4:06 PM
need. That's why Rightist regimes are never totalitarian, rather authoritarian. Rightists abolish politics; Leftists politicize everything.
George257 Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 4:38 PM
An interesting thought. In practice, I suspect that whether or not you believe Locke makes little difference. People are influenced largely by their parents, to some extent by others in their youth, and to a small extent by something inborn. My brother and sister and I grew up in the same home, with the same influences; we imbibed the concept of personal responsibility, thrift and hard work with our mother's milk; and yet while I became a conservative, my siblings are liberals. I am at a loss to explain it.
Roy323 Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 11:49 PM
George257-I have similar experience(s) with the political leanings of siblings. I personally blamed the Liberal slant to Labor Union membership, as wxisted in all my relations' cases.

1) Working hard, being self-reliant and taking responsibility for your own life are good for you and will make you much happier than having too much leisure time, being overly dependent and giving others responsibility for your life.

2) The more a behavior is rewarded with attention, fame, sympathy or money, the more of it we'll see. We recognize this almost instinctively when it comes to good behaviors, but we also tend to almost habitually block it out when it comes to behaviors we don't want to encourage.

3) There's nothing shameful about being poor -- but, if you stay...