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    Re: Do far right Conservatives/Libertarians lack empathy?

    Quote Originally Posted by rabbitcaebannog View Post
    Right, however we still need a standing army for protection.
    I don't necessarily agree. But even if we agree you are right, a standing army necessary to to defend our borders would cost significantly less than one required to invade other countries. Not to mention the medical costs (and human costs) of caring for those maimed on foreign soil.

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    Re: Do far right Conservatives/Libertarians lack empathy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Green Man View Post
    I don't necessarily agree. But even if we agree you are right, a standing army necessary to to defend our borders would cost significantly less than one required to invade other countries. Not to mention the medical costs (and human costs) of caring for those maimed on foreign soil.
    Yes, I agree.

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    Re: Do far right Conservatives/Libertarians lack empathy?

    Quote Originally Posted by rabbitcaebannog View Post
    I can agree we shouldn't be in a perpetual state of war, however, at this point we need the military for protection. We have made a lot of enemies.
    Which brings us back to "war is the health of the state".
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    Re: Do far right Conservatives/Libertarians lack empathy?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    Which brings us back to "war is the health of the state".
    Which brings us back to having to pay taxes. Thank you for proving my point. I assumed it was understood.

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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.
    we are all less fortunate than someone else, and at the same time more fortunate....
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    Re: Do far right Conservatives/Libertarians lack empathy?

    Quote Originally Posted by rabbitcaebannog View Post
    Which brings us back to having to pay taxes. Thank you for proving my point. I assumed it was understood.
    As I view things, there will always be threats from outside the US that require a standing military for defense.

    However I am less than convinced we need an army capable of multiple conflicts around the world, for poorly defined reasons.

    It just seems like we're fighting small wars all over the place for no good reason. Or at least no reason that has been explained to my satisfaction.
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    Re: Do far right Conservatives/Libertarians lack empathy?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    As I view things, there will always be threats from outside the US that require a standing military for defense.

    However I am less than convinced we need an army capable of multiple conflicts around the world, for poorly defined reasons.

    It just seems like we're fighting small wars all over the place for no good reason. Or at least no reason that has been explained to my satisfaction.
    Hey, I'm hardly against on cutting back defense spending. You're preaching to the choir.

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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.
    No.

    Although a lot of Dumocrats would like you to think so, simply because the Dumocrats are evil dishonest scumbags.

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    Re: Do far right Conservatives/Libertarians lack empathy?

    Quote Originally Posted by tacomancer View Post
    Most charities go to groups that are part of ones cultural ingroup. Its not a good measurement.
    BS. Giving from ones own wealth to help another (no matter which "group") is a much better measure than taking from another's wealth and redistributing it. BTW I had never heard anyone associate empathy with groups before.... seems odd.
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    Re: Do far right Conservatives/Libertarians lack empathy?

    Quote Originally Posted by johndylan1 View Post
    BS. Giving from ones own wealth to help another (no matter which "group") is a much better measure than taking from another's wealth and redistributing it. BTW I had never heard anyone associate empathy with groups before.... seems odd.
    Actually the two are equal as the motivation is what matters. In both cases, people are seeking to help those in need. Pretending charity matters more is just partisan BS.

    The reason the ingroup thing matters is that helping the ingroup versus just worrying about needs is a way to reinforce the culture of the ingroup making it an evolutionary survival strategy instead of an altruistic act. It has a lot of selfishness attached to it.

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