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View Diary: Macho Gun Culture. Responsible for Horrific Violence? Yes, but it's not the root cause. (43 comments)

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  •  Another way of looking at it: (5+ / 0-)
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    mungley, Chi, samdiener, splashy, EthrDemon

    Our society was founded on slavery, genocide, and Calvinism.  We're about as far from "communitarian" as is possible; it's every-man-for-himself here almost (and maybe not almost) to the point of mass sociopathy.

    America is an easy place to die violently, and it will only get easier.

    •  The irony is that the (0+ / 0-)

      Franklin, Jefferson, Madison, Hamilton -- were disciples of the "Scottish Enlightenment," which had a huge influence on the few American colleges and which had a distinctly communitarian slant on social philosophy.  There's a great quote of Franklin's, which I can't get right now, that says that all wealth above that necessary for survival belongs to the commonealth because that commonwealth provides the prerequisites for it to be created & acquired (essentially the same point PBO was making in his "You didn't build it" spech); and so, if you don't want to pay taxes, go live by yourself in the woods.  

    •  Not only that, the criminals were sent over (0+ / 0-)

      From Europe, so they brought the genetics for violence with them.

      Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

      by splashy on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 01:27:33 PM PST

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