A key difference between Democrats and Republicans
Just so. Consider the Four Freedoms that Franklin Roosevelt outlined, which individually and as a whole are empathetic:
“In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.
The first is freedom of speech and expression — everywhere in the world.
The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way — everywhere in the world.
The third is freedom from want, which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants — everywhere in the world.
The fourth is freedom from fear, which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor — anywhere in the world.”
Thank you, Dr. Lakoff, for this reminder to make the word empathy a part of our daily political and moral discourse. We know that conservatives govern with limited empathy, if at all, and we should say so, EVERYDAY. Thank you also for your support. Our Empathy Surplus Network USA occasional Zoom forums are finishing up discussing THE LITTLE BLUE BOOK in June and July. We'll start DON'T THINK OF AN ELEPHANT in September.
Thanks so much for sharing:)
Are Evangelical Christians considered to be empathetic?
Empathy is foundational to the social responsibility Milton Friedman denied in his 1971 article about the leadership of corporations not having to practice social responsibility but only focus on profits. That combined with the so-called Public Choice Theory by the ultra-libertarian James McGill Buchanan led to the augmenting of a collective unconscious or subconscious archetype that permeated political economics. When you fold in the feedback loops of market values from neoliberal ideas -- again Milton Friedman -- and the notions of the Trilateralists who in 1973 stated that there was an excess of democracy and people were too well educated, you get a society that now actively struggles with freedom (primarily property rights) vs social responsibility (caring about and for one another).
Hey George! I‘ve read Moral Politics and am trying to make sense of conservatives defending car infrastructure. What is it about cars that conservative morality is so fond of? The same is true for other technologies like nuclear energy or AI. Is technology above humans in the moral order or what would be your reasoning behind this? In Germany the main topic of the culture war is about cars. Conservatives even remove bike lanes in Berlin. I‘d love to get your perspective on this. 🙂
A necessary ingredient in good story telling is to reveal the dark side, or the shadow figure. In our stories, we are the good guys, and the bad actors represent the shadow. I feel our shadow natiure is pretty clear in this context. And let's remember, that all of us have a shadow - but we are aware of ours ...
The shadow figure here is ... greed. This emotional component os a part of human nature. However, since we are aware of the affect of greed we can therefore see the necessity for empathy, compassion and "agape" - the sisterly/brotherly love of the human family.
I feel it is VITAL to speak to this very essence of the conservative condition, which allows for great concentration of wealth, while so many brothers and sisters of our human family suffer, so deeply.
Your post is just a bunch of divisive drivel. You paint Republicans inaccurately, with a broad brush. I know plenty of Republicans who are very empathetic. I am a "Kennedy Democrat" now, because in the past three years I found that my traditional blue/Democrat/liberal friends have been the most narrow-minded, spiteful, and willfully ignroant people around. I subscribed to your blog years ago, when I mindlessly drank the Democratic regime's Kool-Aid. No more!
People are empathetic. It’s those other persons claiming the same rights as humans that are heartless and profiteer at the expense of the rest of us. Let’s pass the 28th amendment to allow Congress to make a distinction between natural and artificial entities.