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  •  Right, to me, these things make sense... (1+ / 0-)
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    at an intuitive level. But I don't have the academic training to back up my "notions". I guess that is what I find interesting about this discussion.

    The idea that mankind is a part of a natural system, and embodies both altruistic and selfish motivations based on availability of resources and the constraints of sociopolitical structures is all very fascinating to me.

    When I touched on some of these philosophies in high school, I hadn't the perspective to really appreciate them.

    As I am aging, I am swinging further left in certain regards, but also have what might be considered a libertarian streak...

    As you say of Marx:

    He showed us what might be possible with a basic political theory .... "from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs" ...
    Makes me think of other standards of civilization like seeking the greatest good for the greatest number, or that the success of a society is measured by how it treats its weakest members.

    We may aspire to these things, but we are highly imperfect beings. The goals, and the means to achieving these goal are delimited by these imperfections.

    I agree with comments up-thread. Formulae seem an inadequate shorthand measure of these concepts. However, the Diarist's narrative and especially the ensuing cometary excite my thoughts.

    I kinda screwed up with a careless uprate so (for now?) I'm a "No Rate" pariah. So when I give a comment "+110% n/t", please consider that a recommend. (That's my workaround fix to participating in this community!)

    by The Angry Architect on Sun Jun 24, 2012 at 08:59:07 PM PDT

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