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  •  There are some humans who have no interest (0+ / 0-)

    in other humans except as subjects.  If people can't be controlled and manipulated, they're not wanted.  For some reason, not-wanting is not a category that merits much or any consideration in either political or economic theory.  
    Economic theory presumes that humans want things and are prompted to act by the desire to acquire.  Killing or destroying what's unwanted just doesn't figure.  Our whole criminal law is predicated on criminals wanting what someone else has.  This likely accounts for the presumption that the prosecutor is absolutely immune because he wants "no thing" and actually does "nothing" other than transmit information from law enforcement to the judge and jury.  "Not wanting" is presumably virtuous, if only because it's immaterial, an idea, and ideas are presumably good.  It's how idealism is defined by some.

    I think it was Plato who elevated the ideal over the real in the hierarchy of values.  Since it is the human brain which generates ideas, the superior status of the idea justifies the designation of thinking humans as superior to all other living things.  And that superiority, in turn, justifies the exercise of dominion over all other material existence (things).  Having ideas is what makes humans special and superior.

    The conservative mind relies mainly on what is plain to see.

    by hannah on Sat Nov 13, 2010 at 03:22:55 AM PST

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