Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: The Statist “Virtue” of Inconsistency

  1. #1

    The Statist “Virtue” of Inconsistency

    https://www.zeroaggressionproject.or...inconsistency/

    Libertarians think a certain way. For example, we rely a lot on systematic logic.

    I’ve got bad news…

    Non-libertarians don’t care as much as you do about consistency, and they’re not going to buy your logic.

    It’s normal to assume that the truths we know are obvious. When others don’t see it, we expect we can make the truth obvious by explaining it.

    But if we’re truly listening, we discover that others are not only disagreeing with our conclusions, but they’re also processing information quite differently.

    The Libertarian Mind
    The libertarian is very good at “systematizing.” We tend to possess both an ability and a need to be logically and morally consistent. Libertarians are apt to loathe hypocrisy and sloppy thinking.

    When we spend significant time talking to progressives, populists, and conservatives we libertarians find that moral and intellectual consistency tends to matter to us far more than it does to the followers of these other ideologies.

    There can be no doubt: People resist logic all the time. If you cannot recognize that your “airtight” logic is indeed quite “resistable,” you’ve missed a principle: We’re all unique human beings with our own wills and values. Therefore…

    Being logical and consistent isn’t an important value to everyone.
    The listening, libertarian logician finds out that what he or she thinks is an “open and shut case,” simply isn’t.
    Inconsistency is a Statist Virtue
    The best way to embrace a contradiction is to convert it into a virtue. It may even be the case that the purpose of an ideology is to justify inconsistencies and (otherwise) unethical behaviors.

    In my experience, there are at least five types of people who actively embrace inconsistency…

    The Realist thinks he or she is more astute than you. “The world isn’t a simple place” they declare. The Realist maintains that your quest for consistency is simplistic.
    The Moderate observes that there are more than two sides to every argument. They often say things like, “Each side makes good points.” This group believes more in experts. Logic is very secondary. And you cannot possibly be more expert than the experts on everything.
    The Tough One is willing to make the hard calls. If you want to make an omelet, you need to break a few eggs. Conservatism views toughness itself as a virtue. But progressives are not wallflowers. They believe that class, race, and gender privilege exists so rich white males must see their eggs cracked to make the progressive’s socially harmonious omelet.
    The Partisan simply wants to defeat the other side. There’s been a burst of research on political tribalism in recent years. It’s ugly and disturbing. Seeing the other side despair is a tribalist’s primary goal. One study demonstrates that the pleasure centers of the brain light up when a spokesperson for their partisan team tells a “winning lie.”
    The Fatalist has their own “golden rule,” Do it to them before they do it to us. It’s eat or be eaten, and the libertarian approach is too naive or Utopian. “Let the other side lay down arms first, then maybe I’ll consider your way,” says the fatalist.
    These types are not mutually exclusive — people can be a mix of these things.

    And let’s be clear: Not every libertarian places a high priority on consistency. Likewise, not every conservative or progressive is okay with hypocrisy and sloppy, ad hoc thinking. Indeed, I was raised as a conservative and was true to it. Hypocrisy was the behavior of “leading conservatives.” It created an intellectual crisis for me, thus beginning my move to libertarianism.

    Socrates the Salesman
    The logical argument can be persuasive. But I suspect that it must be preceded by a crisis. And that could be the distress that comes from watching leaders of your ideological team act like hypocrites. Therefore, a sales professional might suggest the following formula to precede using libertarian logic…

    Problem-Agitation-Solution

    First, you evoke a problem where you know you possess the solution. Opening that wound causes anguish in the prospect — remind them of the hypocrisy, in this case. Then, you pour salt in that wound to make the pain so acute that it must be dealt with quickly. Don’t let the hypocrites off the hook. Finally, you offer the soothing salve. Your solution will make the distress go away.

    In psychology, there is a term for the emotional distress that accompanies intellectual inconsistency. It’s called cognitive dissonance. People will resist the notion they’re wrong. Many will even rage at you (which could be a sign that it’s working). But the goal is to offer a solution that will result in cognitive harmony, even intellectual confidence. And that, dear libertarian, is where your logic may finally find a welcome response.
    Quote Originally Posted by angelatc View Post
    There's not a liberty lover on the planet who isn't called a liberal by the right, and a con by the left.



  2. Remove this section of ads by registering.
  3. #2
    Being logical and consistent isn’t an important value to everyone.
    You don't say...

    The Realist thinks he or she is more astute than you. “The world isn’t a simple place” they declare. The Realist maintains that your quest for consistency is simplistic.

    The Moderate observes that there are more than two sides to every argument. They often say things like, “Each side makes good points.” This group believes more in experts. Logic is very secondary. And you cannot possibly be more expert than the experts on everything.

    The Tough One is willing to make the hard calls. If you want to make an omelet, you need to break a few eggs. Conservatism views toughness itself as a virtue. But progressives are not wallflowers. They believe that class, race, and gender privilege exists so rich white males must see their eggs cracked to make the progressive’s socially harmonious omelet.

    The Partisan simply wants to defeat the other side. There’s been a burst of research on political tribalism in recent years. It’s ugly and disturbing. Seeing the other side despair is a tribalist’s primary goal. One study demonstrates that the pleasure centers of the brain light up when a spokesperson for their partisan team tells a “winning lie.”

    The Fatalist has their own “golden rule,” Do it to them before they do it to us. It’s eat or be eaten, and the libertarian approach is too naive or Utopian. “Let the other side lay down arms first, then maybe I’ll consider your way,” says the fatalist.
    And the libertarian says:

    "Schmollerites!"

    ...hangs up the phone, washes his hands of this dirt, pulls up a chair, and watches, with increasing indifference, as these lunatics eat each other.
    "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard."

    -H. L. Mencken

  4. #3
    Quote Originally Posted by r3volution 3.0 View Post
    You don't say...



    And the libertarian says:

    "Schmollerites!"

    ...hangs up the phone, washes his hands of this dirt, pulls up a chair, and watches, with increasing indifference, as these lunatics eat each other.
    But but but--my team's better!
    Quote Originally Posted by angelatc View Post
    There's not a liberty lover on the planet who isn't called a liberal by the right, and a con by the left.

  5. #4
    Quote Originally Posted by acptulsa View Post
    But but but--my team's better!
    The essence of a good drama is conflict; even our actor-in-chief understands the yuge significance of this.
    "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard."

    -H. L. Mencken

  6. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by r3volution 3.0 View Post
    The essence of a good drama is conflict; even our actor-in-chief understands the yuge significance of this.
    And one or two around here seem to live to create it. Imagine that.
    Chris

    "Government ... does not exist of necessity, but rather by virtue of a tragic, almost comical combination of klutzy, opportunistic terrorism against sitting ducks whom it pretends to shelter, plus our childish phobia of responsibility, praying to be exempted from the hard reality of life on life's terms." Wolf DeVoon

    "...Make America Great Again. I'm interested in making American FREE again. Then the greatness will come automatically."Ron Paul

  7. #6
    Quote Originally Posted by CCTelander View Post
    And one or two around here seem to live to create it. Imagine that.
    They talk about the progs having "Trump Derangement Syndrome", and everyone who looks at them can see they have their own syndrome which has very similar symptoms.

    Perhaps we should call it SDS--statist derangement syndrome.
    Quote Originally Posted by angelatc View Post
    There's not a liberty lover on the planet who isn't called a liberal by the right, and a con by the left.

  8. #7
    I have more freedom in my house with a locked door than an open door.
    Quote Originally Posted by Zippyjuan View Post
    Ron Paul know some weird people...



    Quiz: Test Your "Income" Tax IQ!


    Short Income Tax Video

    The Income Tax Is An Excise, And Excise Taxes Are Privilege Taxes

    The Federalist Papers, No. 15:

    Except as to the rule of appointment, the United States have an indefinite discretion to make requisitions for men and money; but they have no authority to raise either by regulations extending to the individual citizens of America.



Similar Threads

  1. Statist Christmas Carols: The Statist Chipmunk Song
    By helmuth_hubener in forum Ron Paul Forum
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-15-2013, 12:01 PM
  2. Yet another inconsistency in the Bin Laden story?
    By eproxy100 in forum U.S. Political News
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 05-13-2011, 12:45 AM
  3. Tax revenue inconsistency...
    By Jack Bauer in forum U.S. Political News
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 04-16-2011, 12:33 PM
  4. Bailouts: Conservative inconsistency on TARP.
    By bobbyw24 in forum Economy & Markets
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 12-01-2009, 11:26 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •