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  •  Self-centered, instinct-driven people do not (5+ / 0-)

    know where their self-interest lies.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 07:48:57 AM PST

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    •  Don't confuse.... (4+ / 0-)
      Self-centered, instinct-driven people
      ....with idiots   ;)

      This space for rent -- Cheap!

      by jds1978 on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 07:53:38 AM PST

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      •  Many of them aren't idiots in other spheres (6+ / 0-)

        In fact, many of them are quite smart, and very knowledgeable about their professions and hobbies.

        Many of these folks give to charity or volunteer, so it's not quite being "self-centered" that's the problem. But it isn't "instinct-driven" that's the problem, either. Most of our instincts are pretty damn good, when they haven't been tampered with.

        It is, IMHO, being fear driven that causes the problem. This is not an instinctual fear, but a conditioned fear. It is the fear that we live in a dog-eat-dog world, where the choices are "screw, or be screwed."

        Very few people are comfortable living in such a world. Those that are, attempt to keep the world operating in that fashion. As they are comfortable with it but the rest of us are, at most, playing a game we don't want want to be playing, it gives them an advantage.

        •  They're afraid of the wrong people. Too many of (1+ / 0-)
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          these RWers who vote against their own interests are afraid of the people below them on the socio-economic scale when they should really be afraid of those above them. Do you know how many CEOs score high on the psychopath spectrum? I've always like that saying that behind every great fortune there's a great crime.

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