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5 Obvious Principles of Human Nature That Baffle Liberals
Townhall.com ^ | 7-29-2014 | John Hawkins

Posted on 07/29/2014 2:21:34 AM PDT by servo1969

Liberals are forever struggling to understand the basic tenets of human nature that most other people just take for granted. You’d think they would have picked something up from the death throes of the Soviet Union, Greece, or Detroit, but as Talleyrand might say, “They have learned nothing, and forgotten nothing.” Whether that’s some sort of genetic defect liberals are born with, ignorance, or just willful blindness is hard to say, but the results are the same in any case. Since it’s easier for light to escape a black hole than it is for a liberal to entertain a new thought, it’s probably hopeless to try to make them aware of what they’re missing. However, if you’re aware of the mistakes they habitually make, you may at least be able to keep more open-minded people from following them over a cliff.

1) People respond to incentives:
This isn’t just Humanity 101; it’s Life On Earth 101. Want to teach a dog a trick? Get him to do the trick and then pet him on the head and give him a treat. Repeat it enough times and you can get the dog to sit, roll over, and give a high-five on command.

You don’t give human beings Milkbones and belly-rubs, but the same basic principle applies. People who are getting unemployment benefits are less motivated to look for jobs. If you welcome illegal immigrants today, more are likely to come tomorrow. If you raise taxes and people get to keep less of the money they earned, some of them will respond by earning less because it’s no longer worth their time.

Trying to explain this concept to liberals makes them flail their arms in the air and scream, “That does not compute,” like Robby the Robot from Lost in Space. Really, liberals, pointing out that your actions have consequences isn’t some kind of trick. We promise!

2) Personal responsibility is good for people:
The easiest way to foul anything up is to put someone in charge of it who won’t pay any price if it goes wrong. That’s one of the many reasons children are so hopelessly incompetent compared to adults. They’re not earning money, they’re don’t have any big responsibilities on their shoulders, and if things go wrong, Mommy and Daddy are at fault because they were in charge!

Speaking of people who think like little children, liberals don’t grasp this. They don’t realize it’s bad for people to have someone else making the decisions about their kids’ education, their retirement, and their health care and it’s even worse that the government officials that take those decisions away from people are usually given a free pass when they screw-up.

The only way most “trust fund babies” make it is because they have enough money to make up for their lack of responsibility. So, what happens after liberals create a nation full of “trust fund babies” and then fritter away all the money in the trust fund?

3) Human beings are not angels:
As James Madison said, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.” Yes, people will come to this country specifically to get welfare and food stamps. Yes, people will commit voter fraud. Yes, there are an awful lot of poor people who DESERVE to be poor because they’re lazy, waste their money, or keep popping out kids by different daddies. Yes, there are just bad people out there who will murder you for no other crime than being American, Jewish, or even just “not Muslim.”

It would be bad enough if liberals merely failed to take account of these people because other human beings will learn from their example. If one person is allowed to get ahead by cheating the system, other people will follow his lead and eventually even “good” people may decide they’d be fools not to do the same thing. But worse yet, because liberals are so stunningly naïve, they make every excuse in the book for people whose behavior should not be excused. Wherever there is a devil doing evil, somewhere you will also find a liberal championing his behavior and telling the world he’s an angel.

4) Nobody cares as much about other people as they do for themselves:
The modern Left’s intellectual forefathers in the Soviet Union never could wrap their heads around this one. “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need” may sound nice in theory, but in principle it can never work because of the ugly truth about human nature.

As a human being, you may wish the fine folks in Equatorial Guinea well. If there’s a persuasive commercial on TV, you may even be willing to send them a few bucks to help with whatever problems they have. But, are you willing to dedicate your life to helping them the way you’d help your own child? Are you going to feel the pain in your wallet for 18 years to save up and send someone you’ve never met to college? Can somebody you’ve never heard of from Equatorial Guinea call you up tomorrow and ask you to take money out of your savings to fix his truck? No, because you don’t know him and so, you don’t care about him.

Liberals incessantly design policies that assume you do care about taking care of random people as much as you care about taking care of your friends and family. Their little secret is that liberals don’t care either. It’s just that there is no bottom to how much financial pain liberals are willing to inflict on others so they can pretend to be compassionate with the money they confiscate from them.

5) Men and women are different:
Rather famously, Time Magazine did a cover story in 1992 called, “Why are men and women different? It isn’t just upbringing. New studies show they are born that way.” Congrats to the liberal who finally figured something out in 1992 that cavemen who didn’t know how to make fire already grasped instinctively.

Of course, they STILL don’t get it. If anything, liberals seem to be going backward from the perfectly ridiculous idea that gender is a “social construct” to, “You can be whatever gender you feel like, whenever you feel like it.”

The angry man-hating feminists who do realize what gender they are aren’t much better. On the one hand, they say women can do anything a man can do – except buy birth control, apparently. Sadly, that’s pretty typical of the schizophrenic approach of modern liberal feminism. Women are tough and strong, but they feel sexually harassed if some guy has a swimsuit calendar on his wall. Women are just as capable of being cops and soldiers as men, but reduce the standards so they can qualify. Women should make just as much as men, but they should also have a lot more time off so they can spend time with the kids.

It’s fine that women tend to be more interested in shoes, cabinets, and making babies smile while men tend to be more inclined towards sports, cars, and Ninja movies. Masculine men and feminine woman fit together like puzzle pieces and trying to jam us all into one androgynous jumble for the sake of liberal ideology isn’t doing anyone any favors.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: humangoodness; humanlife; liberals

1 posted on 07/29/2014 2:21:34 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: servo1969

It’s funny. I read pieces like this and I have to wonder. How is it that this author doesn’t get it? Liberals don’t care about human nature or innate thinking. They have been raised to believe they know what’s best for everyone and have been empowered by the incremental take over of this nations psyche by people who believe that. The next logical step is for them to band together to exercise that control using any means necessary to implement their beliefs.


2 posted on 07/29/2014 2:36:14 AM PDT by raybbr (Obamacare needs a death panel.)
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To: servo1969

I believe Liberals occupy both ends of the economic spectrum. The Rich and the Poor.

The poor are liberals because they receive and like to continue to receive. The rich are liberals because they want to keep the poor happy with OP money from middle class because history has shown when the poor are unhappy, revolutions happen and rich people die.

So the wealthy and upper middle class extort money from the middle and lower middle class to keep the poor happy in their lazy lives.

Of course this is all metaphorical


3 posted on 07/29/2014 2:51:06 AM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: servo1969

The biggest fault of the liberals is their failure to realize that the great majority of people in a free country fail due to their own flaws and deficiencies and not some outside force. There will always be a pct. of the population who fail. In fact, many people plunge head first into failure. Liberals can’t wrap their heads around that.


4 posted on 07/29/2014 3:22:41 AM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: driftless2

Some 95% of the personal woe endured in this world is self-induced. There are two ways to respond to the effects of this personal woe:

1. examine the effects of the circumstances that led up to the experience, and vow to do differently in the future; or

2. blame somebody else, and repeat the same mistakes over and over.

Some kind of mental disorder has to be involved here somewhere, in making this second choice.

It is not a crime to fail. However, stupidity is the one crime that never goes unpunished in this universe.


5 posted on 07/29/2014 3:37:21 AM PDT by alloysteel (Most people become who they promised they would never be.)
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To: servo1969

“some sort of genetic defect liberals are born with,”

Selective breeding. Thousands of years of dictatorial
tyrannical rule had weeded out most of the rugged individualism
in the world especially Europe. What was left fled to
America where it flourished but then came the Europeans to
tame the wild America and we kicked them out. What was left
was the loyalist who to this day populate the liberal/democrat
party.

It’s the same with the Jews who immigrated to America to
escape persecution. They were still and remained national
socialists. In other words they were escaping persecution
not socialism and began the socialist movement here soon
after.

As for the central American Latinoids, years of propaganda,
ignorance and the refusal to assimilate, makes them prime
targets for the democrats permanent underclass.


6 posted on 07/29/2014 3:39:25 AM PDT by Slambat
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To: servo1969
4) (...) “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need” may sound nice in theory, but in principle it can never work because of the ugly truth about human nature.

Since principle is pretty much the same as theory, I'm guessing he meant to say "practice." But why does he call the truth about human nature "ugly"? If he's just using a figure of speech, then it's badly misapplied here.

7 posted on 07/29/2014 3:42:10 AM PDT by Moltke (Sapere aude!)
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To: servo1969
Robby the robot wasn't from Lost in Space.
8 posted on 07/29/2014 3:44:43 AM PDT by fhayek
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To: raybbr
Liberals don’t care about human nature or innate thinking.

Yep - human nature, like Truth, is anathema to liberals.

9 posted on 07/29/2014 3:50:59 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: fhayek

You’re right. Robby the Robot was in the film Forbidden Planet.

The robot in Lost In Space was actually Robot B-9, Class M-3 General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Control Robot.
But everyone just called him Robot.


10 posted on 07/29/2014 3:57:27 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: servo1969

The liberal elite are aware of these things. They choose to exploit peoples’ greed in order to eventually appease their own greed. That’s what all dictators do. They convince a majority of the population that up is down and down is up, and that the only way it can be fixed is if you elect them. Eventually they end up dining on Kobe beef and golfing while you are forced to work to the bone and eat peas and arugula. Then they blame everyone and everyone but themselves in order to continue living off the people.


11 posted on 07/29/2014 3:57:53 AM PDT by Politicalkiddo (Slavery, genocide, and imperialism aren't exclusively white institutions.)
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To: Usagi_yo

So far no one has this right, esp the author, although you are closest.

Liberalism exists because of evil. The power hungry team with the ultrarich to create a society where the laws are created to benefit the ultrarich. The ultrarich put the power hungry in place to do their bidding. The ultrarich benefit the most, the power hungry are rewarded well enough to be incentivized. The poor are given just enough to be kept docile, and everyone else is exploited.

The concept of altruism does not exist in the power structure of liberalism. It is a fantasy that exists only in the minds of useful idiots.


12 posted on 07/29/2014 4:01:36 AM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: driftless2

50% of the population has a below average IQ, most of them are liberals.


13 posted on 07/29/2014 4:21:40 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: servo1969

6) most of us are poor at one time in our life and rather wealthier at another time. For people who work and live in a stable environment, there is no permanent class called the “poor”; such a class had to be created by government.


14 posted on 07/29/2014 4:30:37 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: Moltke

Good observations. The English language is a treasure when used competently and precisely.

I would replace his “the ugly truth about human nature” with “the current tempered realities of human capacities”. Likely there is a more poetic way of getting the point across.

But his broad outline is good and serves as a template for developing his observational summaries further.

What grates my daily thinking about liberals is their simpleminded notion that they alone see the ideal destination for humankind. For example, they see environmental degradation and in response organize politics to punish the abusers and and push upon all myriad fantasy solutions which sound good but are not tested and not practical. And the part that is so infuriating is felt when there exist true innovators who work to take the painstaking practical steps towards real solutions and this progress is usurped by liberals who claim that such progress would have never existed if it were not for their organizing the politics surrounding it.

In short, liberals see something that is universally wrong and they jump up and down like children pointing to that something which is wrong as if they are the only ones that see it. Then when a more adult group notices that thing which is wrong and takes steps to right that wrong, liberals take credit in saying that without their pointing out the wrong there would never have been a solution. Therefore, it was they that solved the problem.


15 posted on 07/29/2014 4:51:51 AM PDT by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: servo1969

One of my favorite quotes is from H. Allen Smith back in the 40’s, I think (wish I could find the exact words, but something like):

The main flaw in Communism is that it assumes people are nicer and more generous than they really are.


16 posted on 07/29/2014 4:54:28 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: P.O.E.

Found it:

“Personally, I never admired communists because they operate on the theory that human beings are nice people.”

- H. Allen Smith


17 posted on 07/29/2014 4:55:40 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: servo1969

Which used to be pronounced “Roe-bit”


18 posted on 07/29/2014 4:57:58 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: servo1969
QUOTE: You’re right. Robby the Robot was in the film Forbidden Planet.

But lest we all forget, Robby did make a guest appearance on Lost in Space season 1, episode 20, "War of the Robots".

Robby vs. Robot

I had a viewmaster disk set of that featured Robbie fighting Robot, in color, no less!

19 posted on 07/29/2014 5:22:05 AM PDT by jimmyray
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To: Usagi_yo
"I believe Liberals occupy both ends of the economic spectrum."

The democratic party is a coalition of Cultural Elitists and Economic Populists while the republican party is a coalition of Economic Elitists and Cultural Populists.

In the 50s/60s the Cultural Elitists took over the dem party and the final battle of that take-over was at the 1968 dem convention in Chicago. In the 70s/80s the republicans brought the cultural populists out of the dem party into the GOP using Nixon's Southern Strategy and this group included Nixon's "Silent Majority" and Reagan's "Moral Majority".

Most of today's intra-party political conflicts are being caused by the breakdown of these two coalitions, especially in the GOP.

In the dem party today, Hillary represents the Cultural Elitists and Elizabeth Warren represents the economic populists. Obama was the consummate democrat because he was both a Cultural Elitist(Harvard educated lawyer) and an Economic Populist(community organizer).

If Sarah Palin(cultural populist) and Elizabeth Warren(economic populist) could somehow join forces on a presidential run for prez in 2016 on a 3rd party, populist platform, they would capture 70% of the popular vote and 95% of the electoral votes.

20 posted on 07/29/2014 5:35:12 AM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: servo1969

The core difference between conservatism and (the corrupted, latter-day version of) liberalism is that the former prefers liberty over equality, while the latter reverses that order.

And modern liberalism is rooted in the collective ideal, that all property is held in common, not individually. In fact, there is no place for the individual in modern liberalism. All desire must be subordinated to the Collective.

In other words, “You didn’t build that.”


21 posted on 07/29/2014 5:43:33 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: servo1969

bump


22 posted on 07/29/2014 5:59:05 AM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: Ben Ficklin

If you can’t stun them with brilliance baffle them with BS.

Way to complicated for me.


23 posted on 07/29/2014 6:01:43 AM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: IronJack

And modern liberalism is rooted in the collective ideal, that all property is held in common, not individually. In fact, there is no place for the individual in modern liberalism. All desire must be subordinated to the Collective.


In all Star Trek series... The United Federation of Planets AND “the BORG” were completely Communist in scope and feel..

The Collective ruled.. or the HIVE... same concept..
even the Romulans and Kingons were collectives..

the only BAD GUYS were the Ferengi.. i.e. capitalists..


Liberals seem to have an insect mentality..


24 posted on 07/29/2014 8:14:27 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Beagle8U
There are many "intelligent" liberals who have jobs in high tech industry and other intelligence-based career areas. Why do intelligent people vote for Dems? Many grew up in Dem/lib households and vote out of habit. Many of them want to be hip. Some honestly believe they are helping the "oppressed."

I would guess few really plumb the depths of liberalism (or conservatism) and question why they vote for more and bigger government which will eventually destroy their own livelihoods.

25 posted on 07/29/2014 8:52:05 AM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: driftless2

“There are many “intelligent” liberals who have jobs in high tech industry and other intelligence-based career areas.”

That isn’t even 10% of their voter base. Their voters are illiterate morons, welfare brood mares, pimps, criminals, union flunkies, stoners, queers, and children too uninformed to understand how the world works.


26 posted on 07/29/2014 9:13:24 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Hostage
Thank you.

But his broad outline is good and serves as a template for developing his observational summaries further.

Agreed, and your further observations are "spot on."

27 posted on 07/30/2014 11:50:19 AM PDT by Moltke (Sapere aude!)
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