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Democracy slipping away at record rate, intergovernmental body warns (Reuters)

Reuters title: Democracy slipping away at record rate, intergovernmental body warnsDate: 22 November 2021 "BRUSSELS, Nov 22 (Reuters) - A greater number of countries are sliding towards authoritarianism, while the number of established democracies under threat has never been so high, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) said on...

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Democrats getting undemocratic and liberals getting illiberal

All over the world, you can see a similar trend: democrats getting undemocratic and liberals getting illiberal. Intolerance (eg, for people thinking differently) is increasing. My blog is not about the (lack of) legality of that trend (eg, Austria, USA). My blog is about the Why of this trend. Last Sunday, Dutch ethics professor Fleur Jongepier was warning the Dutch...

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How can something be so right AND so wrong?

We typically believe in simple perspectives: it's either day or night rather than acknowledging dawn or twilight. Things are either black or white rather than the many shades of grey in between. People are either right or wrong rather than considering subjective truths. Many - if not most - things are dualistic in our lives (eg, us/them, yes/no). If so, how can...

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Vaccine mandates are mobilising the opposition

It's probably safe to argue that Donald Trump lost his re-election due to his failed handling of Covid-19. I believe he would have been re-elected if he had - at least - taken Covid-19 serious. It's probably also safe to argue that Joe Biden's vaccine mandates are mobilising the Republican opposition (eg, AP). AP, 2 November 2021: "A closely contested race for...

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Is ideology responsible for stupidity?

It occurred to me that (blind) ideology might be responsible for human stupidity. According to a 2018 paper in the Journal of Degenerative Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, author James F Welles claims it is indeed: The Ideological Basis of Stupidity. Since 1990, he wrote at least 3 books on stupidity. The diagram in my recent blog on Needs, Wants,...

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Freedom: micro vs macro

Freedom used to be a clear and undisputed concept. Today, it's perspective has changed into a micro and a macro focus. The micro focus is still about the individual. The new macro focus is about society at large. Today, the freedom of society (if any) is apparently more important than an individual's freedom. This development implies that an individual's freedom has...

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