November 10th, 2006

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Political Philosophy Geekery

Poll #864459 Political Philosophy Geekery

People should get help from the state to live healthy, responsible lives

Mandated by law in some circumstances
0(0.0%)
As incentives (tax breaks, etc) in some circumstances
0(0.0%)
As advice in some circumstances
2(50.0%)
Never (although if they fall, the state can help them)
1(25.0%)
Never (If they fall, they lose. Social Darwinism rules the day)
0(0.0%)
Other
1(25.0%)

Operating systems should let applications do what they want..

Including access memory of other, unsuspecting programs (let the user/market decide if programs abuse that power)
0(0.0%)
Including deciding when to give up the CPU (the OS can't know what's right for the programs. Cooperative Multitasking rules the day.)
0(0.0%)
Filesystem permissions should not exist
0(0.0%)

Government

Is worse than organised crime, because organised crime is more human and accepts/promotes human ties
0(0.0%)
Is little different than organised crime, because it is based on theft/coercion
0(0.0%)
Is little different than organised crime, because it will always be corrupted from its stated purposes
0(0.0%)
Is only useful for providing basic services, because the private sector will do everything else better
1(25.0%)
Needs a lot of improvement before I'd trust it to do everything it's doing now
1(25.0%)
Has a lot of room for improvement, but there's no reason not to continue/expand its role in society, relative to the private sector
1(25.0%)
Other
1(25.0%)

In the end, I identify with and trust

In Corporations, to produce an efficient society that respects entepreneurism and economic freedom
0(0.0%)
In the State, to protect us from the excesses of Corporations and dangerous populism
0(0.0%)
In the Populance, who need to and will do what is needed to ward off the State and Corporations and keep the reasonable, safe, comfortable ways of life
1(25.0%)
In Myself, to protect myself from corporations, the state, and the masses, with guns and possibly a hiding place if needed
2(50.0%)
In Universities, to enlighten society and provide shelter and perks for intellectuals
1(25.0%)
With nobody
0(0.0%)
Other
0(0.0%)

Mozi, a chinese philosopher particularly active around 430BCE, believed that people should identify with all humanity as if they were kin. This is:

A bad idea - it undermines natural selection
0(0.0%)
A bad idea - Families act to pass down values, and to open them universally would destroy meaning
0(0.0%)
A bad idea - Families limit individuality (but are useful) - destroying that balance would leave people either unhappy or at risk
1(25.0%)
A nice goal to eventually strive for
2(50.0%)
A good idea, done carefully enough
1(25.0%)
Other
0(0.0%)

People should obey laws

Under almost all circumstances, lest there be anarchy
0(0.0%)
Under almost all circumstances, because they're made using the best approximation for the people's will, and it's thus the right thing to do
0(0.0%)
Unless they understand and are willing to accept the legal consequences
2(50.0%)
Unless they can get away with it and it doesn't seem likely to hurt anyone
2(50.0%)
Unless they can get away with it
0(0.0%)
Other
0(0.0%)

This Poll

Is cool. I love polls in general
2(50.0%)
Oversimplifies things. Autonomy is a moral imperative for individuals
1(25.0%)
Oversimplifies things. Autonomy is needed for people to be happy
0(0.0%)
Makes a few good points
0(0.0%)
Yawn
1(25.0%)
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    Billy Bragg - Tank Park Salute
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Night Ties

Accidentally tying into themes brought up by reading Kundera is Billy Bragg's "Tank Park Salute", a beautiful and sad song.

I like acknowledgement of sadness that comes from the human condition, internal, as opposed to imposed from outside, dehumanised human enemies. The other seems far overdone, standing alone, an immature understanding of reality. Humanity as deferring to other judgement as not so beautiful, humanity as recognising that one's own condition and judgement can be broken as refreshingly mature. Ages makes us all goth inside if we ever stop running. Without another person, even the best of things seem like hollow vanities, to honest eyes.

She's not shallow, is she afraid of closeness or is such closeness an alien thought to her? Perhaps to love is more often wrong than right - to express everything would be as foolhardy as to speak the truths opposite to the lies that hold up the clouds - fire was not meant for man, and so I took it, he told me as the eagle fed.