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October 15, 2010

Chris Matthews: We Have To Vote Democrat Against Those Awful Tea Partiers Because of the Chilean Miners or Something

Wow. Just grabbing on to something topical and turning it into some weird little pseudo-argument in favor of liberals, huh?

Okay, well, I say that it was traditional society that produced Katy Perry's fabulous rack and we need to have more of that.

Matthews claimed the Chilean miners would all be dead if they subscribed to the "every man for himself" ethos of the Tea Party.

Um... yeah.

Anyone have a hunch that in a crisis situation it's more likely that the liberal would cut your throat to save his skin?

Studies keep being done on this, and keep suggesting the same answer: Liberals love to talk up their abstract obligations to the greater good -- a greater good of undefined, unknown "society at large."

And what happens? Because the are pursuing in their minds some greater good involving the abstract, in the tangible ethical decisions of everyday life, they cheat and behave more selfishly than conservatives -- because they feel they're already doing some moral thing like only buying local produce so that gives them some wiggle room to behave unethically in their personal lives. Papal indulgences again, in other words.

Conservatives believe the opposite. We think we have a high duty to perform ethically in our personal real lives and less of a duty to just generally give money or other support to people we don't know and never could know. We're sort of against alienation of the moral sense from its ultimate object.

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