[FoRK] Bullish on Facebook

Lucas Gonze lucas.gonze at gmail.com
Fri Apr 24 12:58:40 PDT 2009

Well, political workers do the pandering, and they have colleagues or
staffers who are members of the educated, rational, pragmatic elite.

On Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 11:53 AM, J. Andrew Rogers
<andrew at ceruleansystems.com> wrote:
> On Apr 24, 2009, at 11:02 AM, Stephen D. Williams wrote:
>> ...the pandering to religious groups...
> All politics is pandering to religious groups. It is not as though educated,
> rational, pragmatic people are a significant faction in the politics of
> *any* country or even most political issues.
> Anti-scientific denial of reality dominates the political discussion of both
> Republicans and Democrats, and it always has. No change there. The
> government has its hands full accommodating the irrational preferences of
> the majority.  Most dearly held political beliefs are nutty and baseless,
> even if they coincidentally intersect reality on rare occasion -- and those
> occasions are in fact rare. Most days, we are offered a false dichotomy
> where the proffered choices are so defective that they are not even wrong.
>  Two different brands of nutty that people choose between on the basis of
> label color.
> Most atheists have beliefs that are every bit as religious in construction
> as those who believe the supposed musings of a Bronze age philosopher are
> the inerrant word of (a) God. Religious belief is a very broad type of
> cognitive failure that transcends things like subject matter. Pandering to
> religious beliefs is a central part of a politician's job description.
> Cheers,
> J. Andrew Rogers
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