Stone Age Politics in Cyberspace

Stone Age Politics

Charles Hayes: One of life’s biggest mysteries, in my view, is why, once people realize the arbitrary nature of how beliefs are constructed, it doesn’t give them pause to examine some of their own hard and fast assumptions.

Unfettered Capitalism Leads to Corruption

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Charles Hayes: At its best, capitalism dramatically improves lives; at its worst, unchecked greed ravages the environment, oppresses individuals, and destroys culture. Capitalism is analogous to radiation. Used carefully, it can produce miraculous results, while overuse kills.

Enacting Guaranteed Income for Life

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Charles Hayes: People whose internalization of the business model is such that they believe Capitalism to be the solution to every problem under the sun now make me cringe. Low wages, high unemployment, and low taxes are good for business, but not so much for working people. The business model of efficiency is well suited to business, but not to families when there are not enough jobs that pay a living wage.

American Wealth Inequality

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Charles Hayes: Corporations have bought the right to employ people permanently in lifetime jobs at serf wages, with government subsidies, and they are able to deflect criticism by shouting clichés and platitudes about freedom.

Liberal Brains vs Conservative

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Brain Political Views: People whose natural predisposition has been overwhelmed by their culture are very likely to be the most extreme partisans on the left or right.

Letter from a Birmingham Jail: Reading As a Remedy for Racial Bias

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Charles D. Hayes: I grew up with a sheltered worldview much in agreement with the same politics and prejudices of my community. It was a world of black-and-white notions of morality, and it was a literal interpretation of racial superiority that white was right. But reading Martin Luther King’s Letter From a Birmingham Jail changed my reality.

We’re All Born to Deny Reality

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Charles Hayes: Unless we are threatened with imminent annihilation or given a short time to live, we are predisposed to perceive of the future as something open-ended and unlimited, regardless of our age. We are loath to admit our existence is finite.

Rugged Individualism Myth

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Rugged Individualism — When aself-indulgence overrides self-restraint, the goodwill that made this country a place of envy disintegrates.

Hating the Government Bandwagon

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Charles Hayes: Children who relish autonomy and are drawn to novelty grow up to be politically liberal, and those who are fearful, wary, anxious, and distrustful about change and uncertainty grow up to be conservatives.

America’s Adult Learning Crisis

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Charles Hayes: Low-information citizens get much of their authoritative sense of virtue from a stream of hearsay and contemptuous innuendo coming from those with whom they already identify.

The False Allure of Gridlock

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Charles Hayes: When ideology becomes immersed in identity and fuses with the notion that we are right simply because of who we are, the process is no longer democratic.

Racism Egregiously Misunderstood

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Charles Hayes: A common mistake in characterizing the nature of prejudice is to attempt to describe it as a conscious sense of awareness—a front-page choice that requires overt acknowledgment.