I know this may seem like a bit of an odd question but I’ve been wondering about it for the past few days and for some reason I can’t escape the feeling that it (atheism) would be a rather ‘conservative’ point of view (that is, at least in title), and yet I’m constantly being called a liberal because of my social and political leanings. I'm just wondering what your views are on this.
PS: I’ll be gone for a few days but I will catch up with this thread when I return.
Its interesting that over the last two days NPR's ATC (might have well just typed it out: All Things Considered) was doing a story covering the "psychopath" test that prisons are using, often to the end result of keeping prisoners locked up longer because no one will sign off on their release if they are deemed a "psychopath" by this test. The principles of the test do describe the libertarian philosophy to a 'T', and I think it was interesting that the developer of the test (who is worried that it is being used incorrectly in some cases) brought up that environment plays a huge part in whether someone offends. The libertarian philosophy could very easily be used to justify committing a crime against others in a 'desperate' situation~ "I gotta look out for myself first, and survival for me is number one"~ That philosophy, coupled with a desperate or impoverished environment (likely to be the result of de-regulation and a 'free' market) is often what leads to violent crimes, and in this case, the offending individuals being locked up indefinitely.
tl;dr Michael, if you were poor, you'd likely be in prison for a long time lol
[JohnD's libertarian zombies]
This just in from someone close to me~ "maybe the rich should have all the power, because they are obviously smart enough to make the money, and everyone else isn't."
I've been told this idea is brilliant
This was after she spent a couple hours reflecting on a documentary she watched about the rich~ she then proceeded to ask me where the laws in the us come from, and to confirm that bejamin franklin wrote the constitution~ when I told her how ridiculous her idea was, she proceeded to tell me that i'm just immature and anti-intellectual, and that I'm not smart enough to get her ideas.