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  •  I was trying to make a counterpoint to that (2+ / 0-)
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    If possession of the genetics and upbringing that make us appear admirable; smart and good looking, charismatic, responsible, hardworking,empathetic and persuasive  to people with money such as employers or investors in our entrepreneurial endeavors are somewhat class based then then maybe we need a new definition of success to allow that at least some of those things are outside our control such as our never being perfect to begin with.

    Back in the sixties when I was getting my first professional degree in sociology most of my professors were of an interactionist perspective that talked a lot about set and setting, labeling theory and self fulfilling prophecies

    Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

    by rktect on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 01:41:44 PM PDT

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    •  The thing is that (0+ / 0-)

      both neurological "wiring" and bodily development are largely dependent on class/environment as well.  The genome is not a "blueprint" that unfolds inexorably regardless of what environment one happens to be born into.  It's a set of potentials that can be activated in a variety of different ways depending on the nutrients one is exposed to growing up, the weather conditions in which one lives, the sorts of labor one does over the course of development, the stimuli (or lack thereof that one encounters) and so on.  Two wine grape seeds that are entirely identical genetically will produce different phenotypes depending on the region of the world in which they're grown.  It's no different for humans.  The problem with the neoliberal ideology so nicely critiqued in this diary is that it conceives humans as existing in a vacuum, having no environment whatsoever, all facing the same choices and opportunities.  Based on this individualism, it then concludes that we're all self-made and that if things don't work out for us it's because of some moral failing.  It's incumbent on us to vigorously fight this view not simply because it's just plain false, but because it leads to an absolutely noxious and unjust form of governance.  

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