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    Re: Do far right Conservatives/Libertarians lack empathy?

    Quote Originally Posted by OnWisconsin View Post
    Could that be because those who have the financial means to be "generous" with their money are by in large, Republicans?
    I doubt that your assumption holds up, however if you believe that republicans know what it takes to have "financial means", why not use their ideas to help others achieve financial means? It's usually a bad Idea to take financial advice from one who has little money, no?
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    Re: Do far right Conservatives/Libertarians lack empathy?

    Quote Originally Posted by JumpinJack View Post
    Maybe some good points. But I do think it's more than that. Some extremists on the right believe that some poor people should die, if they can't afford health care, believing it's all their own fault, so they deserve to die. That's pretty extreme.
    Where have you seen this argued?

    It's rare to hear liberals express the idea of wanting their so-called enemies to die. And maybe that's it. Far righters view the less fortunate as their enemies. So, yes, there is a lack of empathy there. (You'll find more hunters on the right, as well. It is inherent in hunting that a person possess a lack of empathy, so that the killing of another animal for fun does not bother them.)


    1. Liberals have plenty of punish-thy-enemies going around. From President Punish Your Enemies And Reward Your Friends, Don't Think We're Not Keeping Score, because If You Bring A Knife We'll Bring A Gun to lower level functionaries seeking to use the power of an IRS post to punish those with whom they disagree. Coercion is a stronger part of modern Liberalism, an assumption they kept from Progressivism.

    2. Compare the violence of (for example) the anti-War and Occupy protests to the violence of (for example) the Tea Party protests. See who is actually more violent, and willing to harm their "enemies".

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    Re: Do far right Conservatives/Libertarians lack empathy?

    Quote Originally Posted by OnWisconsin View Post
    A complete inability to relate to those who are less fortunate.
    It depends how you define "Far right conservatives", "libertarians", and "lack empathy".

    It's entirely possible that many do, but have different conclusions based on that empathy.
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    Re: Do far right Conservatives/Libertarians lack empathy?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    Where have you seen this argued?
    Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
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    and then exacting from the contributors--to whom a little means so much--a double share to guard the treasure!
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    Re: Do far right Conservatives/Libertarians lack empathy?

    Quote Originally Posted by OnWisconsin View Post
    man (A) refuses to buy insurance........EXERCISING FREEDOM to do that.

    then he must accept charity, of face the consequences of large debt.

    that is what freedom is all about.

    when asked "should society just let him die?"........Ron Paul...no?

    only a few people said yeah, when wolf asked the question.

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    Re: Do far right Conservatives/Libertarians lack empathy?

    man [A] refuses to have car repaired because it does not want to pay the cost, even though mechanic tells he its going to break down sooner or later.

    car breaks down, man must accept the consequences for refusing to get it repaired........lost of work, money for tow, and cost of repair.

    its called freedom.

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    Re: Do far right Conservatives/Libertarians lack empathy?

    Quote Originally Posted by ernst barkmann View Post
    man [A] refuses to have car repaired because it does not want to pay the cost, even though mechanic tells he its going to break down sooner or later.

    car breaks down, man must accept the consequences for refusing to get it repaired........lost of work, money for tow, and cost of repair.

    its called freedom.
    I think you just proved my point.. lack of empathy.
    Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
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    Before the war is ended, the war party assumes the divine right to denounce and silence all opposition to war as unpatriotic and cowardly.
    - Robert M. LaFollette, Wisconsin Governor and U.S. Senator

    God, how patient are Thy poor! These corporations and masters of manipulation in finance heaping up great fortunes by a system of legalized extortion,
    and then exacting from the contributors--to whom a little means so much--a double share to guard the treasure!
    - Robert M. LaFollette, Wisconsin Governor and U.S. Senator

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    Re: Do far right Conservatives/Libertarians lack empathy?

    I don't feed the bears because I care about the bears. When the bears get fed, they become dependent, which is far worse for the bears. If the bears don't get fed, they continue to provide for themselves.

    It's not only for the bears' own good, but also for my neighbors, since bears hanging around neighborhoods tends to cause problems.
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    Re: Do far right Conservatives/Libertarians lack empathy?

    Quote Originally Posted by OnWisconsin View Post
    I think you just proved my point.. lack of empathy.
    if by "empathy" you mean "enabling".

    In the meantime, conservatives are more likely to give their money to charity, more likely to give blood, and more likely to volunteer at soup kitchens and the like. The liberal response to this is typically that once you control for religiosity and income, conservatives and liberals are actually equally generous - an interesting argument, that once you strip out the main cause of conservatives' empathy, they only tie liberals. Regardless, it would certainly seem to disprove the thesis that somehow conservatives are significantly less likely to care about their fellow man.

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    Re: Do far right Conservatives/Libertarians lack empathy?

    Quote Originally Posted by OnWisconsin View Post
    I think you just proved my point.. lack of empathy.
    i think you just showed something....not taking responsibility for ones self.......and wanting to shrug your freedom to chose you own way!

    what did Wolff say...man makes good money....but does not want to pay 200 /300 a month for insurance.


    i pay $305 dollars a month for my insurance....its something i accept, and know i must do........others can follow my example.
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