Altruism, Empathy, Incentives, and Selfishness

Russell Michaels

Russell is inside his own mind, a comfortable yet silly place. He is also on Twitter.

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3 Responses

  1. Oscar Gordon says:

    Everyone has agency, no matter what progressives do to rob their favored downtrodden groups of said agency.


    A drop in the murder rate due to an increased police presence, even if petty criminals are more easily caught, is a good thing.

    Yes, but…

    Everyone has agency, almost no one is truly blameless for the chronic* tragedy of their lives. However, the robbing of agency cuts across political leanings, it’s really just a question of how/when.

    The progressive may say that a petty criminal / drug addict has no agency for their crime / addiction, but the conservative robs the same criminal / addict of their agency to ever have a chance to get out from under that stigma, even when they take personal responsibility for it (ostensibly because someone would game such an opportunity for nefarious reasons).

    So round and round we go.Report

  2. Slade the Leveller says:

    “As an example, Democrats only blame the victim if they hate the victim, but Republicans usually place at least some of the blame on the victim depending on the circumstances.”

    I’m really struggling with what this means. Care to expound?Report