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by Gloominary
Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Public Vice, Private Virtue
Replies: 9
Views: 2046

Re: Public Vice, Private Virtue

Wow. A post on a philosophy forum that makes you think and see things from a different perspective. No wonder you haven't had any replies :) Imagine the carbon footprint of a Trump compared to someone on a very low income who does without overseas holidays, a new car every year (or a car), brand ne...
by Gloominary
Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: essentialism
Replies: 17
Views: 3049

Re: essentialism

Furthermore, only people who're in the essentialist class could vote and participate in politics. So such a state would be a mix of representative and direct oligarchy. There wouldn't be universal suffrage or equality under the law. People who've been determined by the constitution, citizens and the...
by Gloominary
Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: essentialism
Replies: 17
Views: 3049

Re: essentialism

As for children and the elderly, they would be in special, protected groups. That is probably reassuring to know for both of us, as I am getting rather close to being in the latter group and you sound as if you are still in the former. If you have nothing constructive to add to my threads, stay out...
by Gloominary
Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: essentialism
Replies: 17
Views: 3049

Re: essentialism

Harbal wrote: Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:55 am
Gloominary wrote: Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:54 am
As for children and the elderly, they would be in special, protected groups.
That is probably reassuring to know for both of us, as I am getting rather close to being in the latter group and you sound as if you are still in the former.
Mmm, nice one.
by Gloominary
Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:54 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: essentialism
Replies: 17
Views: 3049

Re: essentialism

How is essentialist politics different from other sorts of politics? I'm stilling working on that, but an essentialist state might divide people into three groups, who is essential, who isn't, and who's detrimental. People would be treated by the state very different based on which group they fell i...
by Gloominary
Sun Aug 20, 2017 2:05 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: essentialism
Replies: 17
Views: 3049

essentialism

The most important things in life are what's essential for survival, health and well-being, in that order, for yourself, friends and neighbors, in that order. What's essential shouldn't be risked or sacrificed for what's inessential. For example, essential foods are meats (includes fish), eggs, frui...
by Gloominary
Thu Aug 17, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Public Vice, Private Virtue
Replies: 9
Views: 2046

Public Vice, Private Virtue

The lazier, more slothful and unproductive people are at work, the less money they'll tend to have, the less they'll be able to consume and indulge in their spare time. The less they splurge and consume, the less resources will have to be extracted from the earth, saving the environment in the proce...
by Gloominary
Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Softening on Crime
Replies: 11
Views: 1491

Re: Softening on Crime

If somebody commits a crime, the government can take one of the following three actions: Punishment a) For revenge (serves no positive purpose). b) For rehabilitation (unsupported by psychological evidence). c) For deterrence (government exploitation). Retribution Unequal protection under the law. ...
by Gloominary
Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:24 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Softening on Crime
Replies: 11
Views: 1491

Softening on Crime

Why have punishments for crime softened in the west in last two or three centuries? I have a few theories: One is it was harder to catch criminals back then, so when you did catch them, you had to make an example of them. Two is people had more of a sense of community, of togetherness, so when you t...
by Gloominary
Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:00 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Define & Destroy
Replies: 4
Views: 847

Define & Destroy

I think the USA itself could be said to have an ideology, and gradually, perhaps inevitably, it's becoming the ideology of the world, for better, but mostly for worse. There's few individuals, nations and countries that aren't fully or partly on board. Is it humanism, science and technology? Politic...