Modern AI and machine learning are forcing us to confront our notions of why anyone should be given rights to ownership.
Why shouldn’t ride hailing software be a public utility, owned by the citizens? Why shouldn’t robotic manufacturers be owned as common assets?
We have already had this discussion.
We had it in the 90s when laws were changed to allow the prosecution of teenagers as adults, “superpredators” they were called.
We had it when a 12 year old boy in Florida was sentenced to life in prison.
There is in fact a conservative case to be made for the policy preferences that in America are called “progressive.
For example, a Nordic style social welfare state is an example of something which is time-tested, having been in splendid working order for about a century. Even its American counterparts like Social Security…
It should be possible, shouldn’t it, for citizens to hold both ideas simultaneously, that our security agencies have both committed abuses, and are also critical for maintaining a free nation? In the same way that we can criticize police shootings without being reflexively anti-police?
Nuance is the luxury of us who don’t have skin in the game.
Regardless of what party is in power, white middle class, well educated professionals like me, Megan, and her circle of friends aren’t going to be arrested, or shot, deported, raped or forced to carry a pregnancy to term. For us, injustice is something we witness…
Almost every nation on earth has some form of a mixed economy, where things like infrastructure and utilities are socialized, while most consumer goods are privatized.
Pure socialism, like pure capitalism, exists nowhere except in the minds of academics.
“ They ceased to encourage their fellow Americans to leave behind racist attitudes, misogyny, and homophobia…”
How do liberals “encourage” Trump supporters to do anything?
If Trump supporters fear and hate nonwhite people, isn’t it of their own volition and choice?
The flip side of the American Dream of endless upward movement is the shame and self loathing of those who don’t latch onto a place on that magic escalator to the world of McMansions and luxury SUVs.
The lie that we tell ourselves is that somehow this is all a rightful ordering, that the distribution of wealth is earned and…
“Fragile” is a good descriptor, capturing the idea that our selves are hard, fixed, immutable, and can only have one of two states, solid or shattered, enlightened or bigoted.
Religious people have grappled with this issue; Who is “pious” versus “sinful”?
Ironically, critical thinking can be the Achilles heel here. I was a very bright, precocious lad, who could skillfully make wonderful arguments to support callow and remarkably obtuse ideas.
Logic is a wonderful companion to empathy and humility, but of those three, does the least amount of real work.