[FoRK] A Thrive/Survive Theory Of The Political Spectrum

Reese howell.r at inkworkswell.com
Sun Feb 22 13:19:04 PST 2015

At 03:29 PM 2/22/2015, J. Andrew Rogers wrote:

>There is a contingent of pro-choice people who (correctly) see a 
>significant moral and game-theoretic hazard to abortion itself. 
>Nonetheless, the legal hazards of ascribing full personhood to a 
>fetus are deemed to create even larger systemic problems than 
>allowing abortion. Generally, people that put this level of 
>intellectual rigor into their opinion come down as pro-choice, not 
>because they support abortion per se but because it minimizes the 
>aggregate adverse consequences for a problem with no optimal 
>solution at a system level.
>It is not a religious argument but a pragmatic calculus to optimize 
>outcomes. I have met many rationalist atheists that seem to end up 
>in this camp. They do not support abortion but determine that 
>prohibition likely has even worse consequences. As a matter of 
>policy then, the optimal solution is to try to minimize the 
>occurrence of situations with no good outcomes.

Sure. Note, at no point did you endorse the judgmentalism or name calling
engaged in earlier.


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