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Thread: Do far right Conservatives/Libertarians lack empathy?

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    Re: Do far right Conservatives/Libertarians lack empathy?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    I don't think lacking empathy is the correct way to interpret people's actions. While I'm sure there are some people who flat out don't care, I think the more accurate interpretation is simply that different people have differing views on how to effectively address other people's "less fortunate" situations.
    Yes. Libertarians hold that it is wrong to take money owned by other people in order to distribute it to the less fortunate. They see this as the wrong way to address the problem. They hold that ends (helping the poor) don't justify the means (taking other people's money).

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    Re: Do far right Conservatives/Libertarians lack empathy?

    When you come to me wanting the government to act like Robin Hood and then tell me a sad story, it doesn't mean I lack empathy when I reject it, but instead that I'm not interested in the government acting like Robin Hood, and I'm not moved to agree to it by a sad story.

    Throwing out emotional appeals and then having them ignored by your opponent doesn't mean they lack empathy, but that your emotional appeal doesn't change a damn thing about their objection to your argument.

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    Re: Do far right Conservatives/Libertarians lack empathy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    When you come to me wanting the government to act like Robin Hood and then tell me a sad story, it doesn't mean I lack empathy when I reject it, but instead that I'm not interested in the government acting like Robin Hood, and I'm not moved to agree to it by a sad story.

    Throwing out emotional appeals and then having them ignored by your opponent doesn't mean they lack empathy, but that your emotional appeal doesn't change a damn thing about their objection to your argument.
    Yeah, it should be no big deal when people's homes are destroyed by a corporation blowing up like in West, Texas. That's what those people get for living close to a fertilizer plant...and kudos to the Texas legislature for subsequently making it even more difficult for people nearby schools and houses to find out what's in those plants!

    And who cares about Bhopal, or the Exxon Valdez, or the BP gulf oil spill! If anyone was killed or injured or had their livelihoods ruined, that's what those people get for living nearby!
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    Re: Do far right Conservatives/Libertarians lack empathy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Glen Contrarian View Post
    Yeah, it should be no big deal when people's homes are destroyed by a corporation blowing up like in West, Texas. That's what those people get for living close to a fertilizer plant...and kudos to the Texas legislature for subsequently making it even more difficult for people nearby schools and houses to find out what's in those plants!

    And who cares about Bhopal, or the Exxon Valdez, or the BP gulf oil spill! If anyone was killed or injured or had their livelihoods ruined, that's what those people get for living nearby!
    We already have solutions to those problems. Just like how we already have laws against murder, but for some reason liberals want to keep passing laws even if it's already a crime.

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    Re: Do far right Conservatives/Libertarians lack empathy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    We already have solutions to those problems. Just like how we already have laws against murder, but for some reason liberals want to keep passing laws even if it's already a crime.
    And murder isn't always murder, is it? If it were, then there would be no "stand your ground" laws.
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    Re: Do far right Conservatives/Libertarians lack empathy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Glen Contrarian View Post
    And murder isn't always murder, is it? If it were, then there would be no "stand your ground" laws.
    Killing isn't always murder, but murder is always murder.

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    Re: Do far right Conservatives/Libertarians lack empathy?

    It is not a matter of debate:

    The more interested in politics a conservative is, the lower his (or her) level of empathy. Liberals move in the opposite direction: the more interested in politics they are, the more empathetic. Empathy, in case you’re wondering, is measured by responses to 28 statements in the “Davis Interpersonal Reactivity Index,” including “I often have tender, concerned feelings for people less fortunate than me,” “I sometimes find it difficult to see things from the ‘other guy’s’ point of view,” and “Sometimes I don’t feel very sorry for other people when they are having problems.”



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    Re: Do far right Conservatives/Libertarians lack empathy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Green Man View Post
    Yes. Libertarians hold that it is wrong to take money owned by other people in order to distribute it to the less fortunate. They see this as the wrong way to address the problem. They hold that ends (helping the poor) don't justify the means (taking other people's money).
    That's an exaggeration. It's more accurate to say that we see taxes as a necessary evil, and that we should minimize the evil. Anarchists believe that taxes are an unnecessary evil.
    If you expect people to be rational, you aren't being rational.

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    Re: Do far right Conservatives/Libertarians lack empathy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gimmesometruth View Post
    It is not a matter of debate:

    The more interested in politics a conservative is, the lower his (or her) level of empathy. Liberals move in the opposite direction: the more interested in politics they are, the more empathetic. Empathy, in case you’re wondering, is measured by responses to 28 statements in the “Davis Interpersonal Reactivity Index,” including “I often have tender, concerned feelings for people less fortunate than me,” “I sometimes find it difficult to see things from the ‘other guy’s’ point of view,” and “Sometimes I don’t feel very sorry for other people when they are having problems.”



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    Your graph shows very little difference between liberals and conservatives. It seems like it could very easily be within the margin of error.
    If you expect people to be rational, you aren't being rational.

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    Re: Do far right Conservatives/Libertarians lack empathy?

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    If you expect people to be rational, you aren't being rational.

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