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    I thought this would make a good companion thread to the guy who posted "Are socialists psychopaths?". There is some evidence to suggest that the acquisition of greater levels of wealth in comparison to peers can reduce compassionate instincts and tendencies (this, of course, says nothing of conservatism, merely wealth acquisition which is practiced by those of both sides of politics)

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/ar...es-compassion/

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    Wealth does not reduce compassion: having your wealth stolen from you and given automatically to the undeserved reduces compassion.

    Just think about it.

    Who wants to live in a community where you have succeeded but everyone around you are starving in the streets? No one. You would do your best to support those people around you. Just look at that Black Eyed Peas guy, giving money to the people of his impoverished origin because he can. He did that voluntarily, out of heart. Contrast this to people beginning to resent the poor because they have absolutely no say in where their money goes: who to, why and when to cut the welfare.

    Voluntary socialism is known as family and friends. What you've got here is socialist propaganda. Enjoy.
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    (Original post by HigherMinion)
    Wealth does not reduce compassion: having your wealth stolen from you and given automatically to the undeserved reduces compassion.

    Just think about it.

    Who wants to live in a community where you have succeeded but everyone around you are starving in the streets? No one. You would do your best to support those people around you. Just look at that Black Eyed Peas guy, giving money to the people of his impoverished origin because he can. He did that voluntarily, out of heart. Contrast this to people beginning to resent the poor because they have absolutely no say in where their money goes: who to, why and when to cut the welfare.

    Voluntary socialism is known as family and friends. What you've got here is socialist propaganda. Enjoy.
    I am diametrically opposed to wealth redistribution. Taxation should go towards funding the basic tenets of government instead of forcibly divorcing individuals from their wealth and giving it to others. Socialism has invariably been the earmark of failure; and that will never change. History is replete with examples of what this expropriation of wealth by the government has led to: the Soviet Union, Cuba, North Korea etc., are all manifestations of this perverted, unprincipled, and extremely flawed philosophy.


    It is only through capitalism that an individual has the greatest chance of escaping the maws of poverty and living up to their full potential. Objective people inherently know that too much government is not a good thing. In fact, a microcosm of this can be seen in California where people are fleeing in droves due to the intense regulatory climate, sky-high taxation, and bureaucratic monolith found within the state.


    (Original post by MatthewParis)
    I thought this would make a good companion thread to the guy who posted "Are socialists psychopaths?". There is some evidence to suggest that the acquisition of greater levels of wealth in comparison to peers can reduce compassionate instincts and tendencies (this, of course, says nothing of conservatism, merely wealth acquisition which is practiced by those of both sides of politics)

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/ar...es-compassion/


    There is a problem of poverty, but I don't believe that taking from someone, what they earned, and giving it to another, who didn't earn it, is fair.
    After all, it isn't a crime to rich, or shouldn't be, lest there be no reason to aim for success, at least, from an economic standpoint.
    The main issue is just that there are poor people, sadly there are two groups. Those who seek to get out of it with all there might, and those who have gotten used to it and are OK with it. Be this due to getting trapped in a certain mindset like Stockholm would, or due to getting sufficient unnecessary material possessions to make you happy, the issue of their presence is real.
    One would hope that somehow we could increase the amount of jobs such that we have a fair level of production, everyone earns their living, and everyone can have an affluent lifestyle.
    Another issue is that as technology advances the number of jobs decreases since innovation is dying slightly.
    Also, the jobs that do exist are more specialized so you must either be highly skilled in a field, or some style of hard laborer to get adequate leveling, so there really has become no place for jacks-of-all-trades, unless that jack-of-all-trades is just in a specific field e.g. you can fix any standard user's computer problem
 
 
 
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