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March 13, 2009 4:20 PM Subscribe
Will the US become more progressive in the future or will advances in neuroscience cause the abandonment of the "equality premise"?
posted by 445supermag (74 comments total)
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A speech by Charles Murray
, the controversial co-author of "The Bell Curve". Boilerplate: most Mefites will consider this to be the racist ravings of a right wing lunatic, however, I think that you may find it thought provoking nonetheless. Post title is from "Trash of the Titans
", brought to mind from this section of the link:
The problem is this: Every time the government takes some of the trouble out of performing the functions of family, community, vocation, and faith, it also strips those institutions of some of their vitality--it drains some of the life from them. It's inevitable. Families are not vital because the day-to-day tasks of raising children and being a good spouse are so much fun, but because the family has responsibility for doing important things that won't get done unless the family does them. Communities are not vital because it's so much fun to respond to our neighbors' needs, but because the community has the responsibility for doing important things that won't get done unless the community does them. Once that imperative has been met--family and community really do have the action--then an elaborate web of social norms, expectations, rewards, and punishments evolves over time that supports families and communities in performing their functions. When the government says it will take some of the trouble out of doing the things that families and communities evolved to do, it inevitably takes some of the action away from families and communities, and the web frays, and eventually disintegrates.