Cento Politicus

Posted on 2016 August 28

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THE PROBLEM:

No matter how civilized we are and how much society has curbed violent behavior, human beings still have the same genes they had 10,000 years ago. Our bodies are designed to have a certain amount of physical stress and violence in them. We’re designed to run from jaguars and fight to defend our territory. — Joe Rogan

The city is the place where people first had to deal with a stranger who is not an enemy. I think they still have not succeeded completely. — Kobo Abe

Part of what we do when we make moral judgments is express allegiance to a team. — Greg Lukianoff & Jonathan Haidt

Most people do not want their values to be tolerated — they want their values to prevail. — Kevin Williamson

People are far too willing to go tribal when it comes to politics. — Tyler Cowen

Once politics comes to define a people, all that is left is an impending battle over whose culture will be imposed through the power of the state. — Joey Clark

Socialism and war appeal to so many because they tap into an evolved desire to be part of a social order that looks like an extended family: the clan or tribe. — Steven Horwitz

Left-wing politicians take away your liberty in the name of children and of fighting poverty, while right-wing politicians do it in the name of family values and fighting drugs. Either way, government gets bigger and you become less free. — Harry Browne

Most of the harm in the world is done by good people, and not by accident, lapse, or omission. It is the result of their deliberate actions, long persevered in, which they hold to be motivated by high ideals toward virtuous ends. — Isabel Paterson

Those who have given themselves the most concern about the happiness of peoples have made their neighbors very miserable. — Anatole France

Those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. — CS Lewis

People do great wrong, not because they are unaware of what they are doing but because they consider it to be right. — S. Alexander Haslam and Stephen D. Reicher

It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so. — Robert A. Heinlein

The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule it. — HL Mencken

THE SOLUTION:

Stop trying to fix the world with high explosives. — The Guardian

The whole world would have been destroyed if compassion did not put an end to anger. — Seneca the Elder

We should not be simply fighting evil in the name of good, but struggling against the certainties of people who claim always to know where good and evil are to be found. — Tzvetan Todorov

. . . he is a man of rare good sense who can always distinguish between an evil thing and his own prejudices. — George Sutherland

The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant. — John Stuart Mill

Seek not wickedness amongst your neighbors, lest it find purchase in your own house. — Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie

Men are not against you; they are merely for themselves. — Gene Fowler

If it neither breaks my leg nor picks my pocket, what difference is it to me? — Thomas Jefferson

Don’t you meddle with me, and I won’t meddle with you. — George Eliot

Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you. — Wendell Berry

If you want to improve the outcome you’re getting, you don’t ask for people in power to be “nice” or “fair” or “just,” you disintermediate the people that have power and distribute it to more people. — Taylor Pearson

The important thing is to concentrate upon what you can do — by yourself, upon your own initiative. — Harry Browne

We need to encourage more communities to step up and try new governing models, and then share the results. — Peter Diamandis

We are constituted so that simple acts of kindness, such as giving to charity or expressing gratitude, have a positive effect on our long-term moods. The key to the happy life, it seems, is the good life: a life with sustained relationships, challenging work, and connections to community. — Paul Bloom

The person who is best qualified to govern you is you. — Robert Ringer

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