Nature vs nuture, inverted
Posted by aogThursday, 11 August 2011 at 09:36 TrackBack Ping URL

From Instapundit, a point I have tried to make several times.

Reader Dave Ivers emails: “Having just had a discussion with a close friend on the Left, I truly believe that Obama and probably all of the Left think that 3.5% GDP growth year on year is some sort of natural phenomenon and that no matter what they do it will happen. They then proceeded to trash the things that make that 3.5% growth happen.”

I suspect it’s tied to the general lack of introspection

Once again, the Robert Heinlein quote:
Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as “bad luck.”

What I find fascinating is that so many of the MAL find physical laws rather flexible and human nature malleable, but the fragile conditions that sustain our technological civilization utterly unalterable.

Post a comment