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  •  it's a straightforward epistemological formula. (23+ / 0-)

    The keystone of the conservative/libertarian/randian whats-mine-is-mine philosophy is the idea that everything I have, I created from what was freely available -- that anybody else could have done the same, and that none of the resources I consume are consumed at the expense of somebody else. Thus, makers versus takers.

    Despite the obvious stupidity of this (think: water rights in the american west), they've managed to keep going with it for quite a long time. Anthropogenic Climate Change presents an insuperable obstacle. If boundless unregulated consumption means what the climate scientists tell them it means, the pseudo-ethical grounding for their economic philosophy simply evaporates.

    BTW, when you peel away the pseudo-sophisticated pseudo-philosophy with which they paper over their real motivations, it comes down to nothing more than a preschooler's tantrum-prone intuition that YOU CAN'T TELL ME WHAT TO DO. That's really all it's about -- people whose social development was arrested somewhere around the time they arrived in kindergarten.

    To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

    by UntimelyRippd on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 08:37:23 AM PDT

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    •  That's like my wife telling me... (2+ / 0-)
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      Angie in WA State, Ray Pensador

      "You're not the boss of me!"

      (most times she's kidding) lol

      "Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone" - John Maynard Keynes

      by markthshark on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 09:47:41 AM PDT

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    •  "you can't tell me what to do" (2+ / 0-)
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      is not only prevalent in pre-schooler tantrums.

      It's also widely used by the elderly, like my own mother, who in recent years has taken this up as a battle-cry in opposition to doing anything she doesn't like.

      It's maddening, to have to hear it endlessly, from a grown person.

      I believe it's my biggest problem with conservative, rightwing Republicans. Because most of what they say in opposition to anything liberal or progressive is, basically, "You can't tell me what to do."

      When if we just keep up the status quo on everything, is doing what the conservative prefer - in effect, not making them do anything they don't want to, but making all of the rest of us do something we don't want to (invade other nations, start more wars, increase Military budgets, cut social security nets, etc, etc, etc...).



      "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization"

      by Angie in WA State on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 01:45:28 PM PDT

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    •  "You can't tell me what to do ... " (0+ / 0-)

      reminds me of my first negative encounter with Jim Inhoffe back in the early 80s. I was a sub-contractor to a firm redesigning a municipal airport that Inhoffe used to fly in and out of during his years in Congress.

      He personally held up federal funding for a larger airport project because his private plane violated noise regulations mandated for the smaller municipal airport.

      Nobody tells Jim Inhoffe what he can do ...

      "Let us not look back to the past with anger, nor towards the future with fear, but look around with awareness." James Thurber

      by annan on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 06:26:25 PM PDT

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