Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Three Languages of Politics

                                            
This is a guest post from The Urban Blabbermouth.
Comments are welcome.
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http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2013/06/kling_on_the_th.html

This is economist Arnold Kling's view of why Congress is in political deadlock.  Suggest that you listen to the podcast rather than read the transcript.   While Mr. Kling's intent is to explain political behavior, the three languages seems to me to be useful beyond politics.   As you listen, think about your family's behavior or your philosophical view of life.

Key quotes:
"Progressives organize the good and the bad in terms of oppression and the oppressed, and they think in terms of groups. So, certain groups of people are oppressed, and certain groups of people are oppressors."

 "The second axis is one I think Conservatives use, which is civilization and barbarism. The good is civilized values that have accumulated over time and have stood the test of time; and the bad is barbarians who try to strike out against those values and destroy civilization."

"the third axis is one I associate with Libertarians, which is freedom versus coercion, so that good is individuals making their own choices, contracting freely with each other; and the bad is coercion at gunpoint, particularly on the part of governments"