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    For example, I thought some of the most fruitful discussions came when the conservatives who insisted that man is too barbarous and inclined toward nastiness to trust in systems met with the leftists who (from the New Left) said that man is so bad and flawed that only mediating individual excesses through systems could act as a curb.

    I have great faith in people and no faith in people, because I think they want to do good until they feel that the rules are unfair or they are stressed. People are also, though, victims of their own apprehensions and prejudices, and so I don't trust us to find ultimate answers, only temporary ones. That makes me a liberal perforce. Since I think all political solutions are flawed and temporary, there has to be change to simply stay in place. However, I also think that maladjusted individuals can do immense damage, and we need to plan for this and mitigate.

    It's too bad, really, that it's unfashionable to even ask whether we think people are basically good or not (or if being born to a race or region can imbue virtue, as the right has come to say).

    Everyone is innocent of some crime.

    by The Geogre on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 06:14:29 PM PDT

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