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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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