tiistai 29. joulukuuta 2015
We are all idiots now, but it is important to differentiate to what degree and in what way. Liberals are specialized idiots. They might know relatively plenty about their field, but they are mostly ignorant outside their fields. When they dont know something, they rely on people in other fields, thinking, "Those people know about such and such things, so I dont have to care." What they dont understand, is that when their specialization is not balanced with larger understanding, their views, policies, practices etc. tend to veer into extremes. Also, the specialized fields doesnt play together well or are outright incompatible or contradictory. There is the metaproblem of ideological and political garbage in, garbage out. Liberals in general are overconfident about their individual and collective knowledge and policies. Liberals devalue history, except when it shows how bad it was before liberals, or tells the story of rising, good and victorious liberals. Liberals live in constant hectic now and expectation of future 'beneficial' things and utopia, that will cure, relief, ease, give potentials, transform people, etc.
Conservatives are slightly less idiots. Conservatives understand that they or anybody else in society dont have enough knowledge or understanding, so they srive towards larger understanding of society, history, peoples, science, religion, etc. Conservatives are more likely to learn and appreciate timeless and universal wisdom of historical authors, respect historical authors and authorities. Historical authors are dead and their words will always stay the same, so they cannot be corrupted by the present liberal incentives, vices, conformism, etc. Conservatives understand that when science and technology "progressess", men mostly become less and weaker. E.g. when people have computers and internet, they can always find the information or 'knowledge' with internet search. They dont have to remember anything, know anything or understand anything, so they become less knowledgeable, they have weaker memories, they understand less, they become de facto less intelligent, etc. Thus conservatives see the sea of idiots swelling around them, including scientists. Morality, personalities and characters are weakening too. Consequently conservatives dont call this time "progress". Conservatives use the whole human moral spectrum, whereas liberals use only two or three moral factors. Hence conservatives understand people better (including understanding liberals better than liberals understand themselves or conservatives); can form more functional societies; can predict outcomes of policies, social reforms, societies changes; etc. in better way than liberals; etc. Etc.
If liberals' knowledge is represented as dots, which cover the whole society quantitatively well, but not qualitatively well, then conservatives' knowledge could be represented as 'amoebas', which enlarge their hands as widely and in as many directions as possible. Because amoeba is small compared to society, one amoeba cannot do very much on his own. There are, of course, many amoebas. They are at the same time locally fairly randomly distributed, but heavily concentrated to certain painful areas of society, perhaps too much, because important things is then left relatively unseen and unexplored. They expand often with little or no planning. Some better amoebas are larger than others and expand more systematically. Still, smaller and unplanning amoebas can make important dotty contributions to the whole too. The best amoebas, although considerably wider and more planning than others, are far from covering the whole society. Amoebas often discover, realize or invent the same thing again and again, and process the same thing again and again, or they endlessly process less important, counterproductive or insignificant things. Their overall effect is weakened. The question for conservatives is then how these amoebas can be expanded co-operatively and coherently to cover the whole society, so that their knowledge mutually reinforces each other, and each knowledge is as fully as possible connected with reasonable ties to other knowledges.
Conservatives could have predicted e.g. the microaggression type extremes given certain swollen and toxic bureaucracies, bad incentives, liberal victimhood status competition, and one-sided harm / care and justice morality. Liberals stepped on every mine on the way, although their best minds planned these policies. Now the more intelligent and wise liberals try to fix the monster they have created, the monster which have turned against liberal professors and other liberal faculty members:
One of the liberal fixing projects. Note that they try to restore "good" liberalism, not navigate to conservative direction. "Good" liberalism might be in some respects better situation than the present, but it is not ideal. Note also, that they are worried that the present extreme liberalism is starting to produce uncontrollably liberalism's opposites, illiberal tyranny AND free conservative movements. The latter are to some extent useful to us:
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