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Time for America and Europe to discover the limits of social engineering

 
 
Reply Tue 25 May, 2010 07:20 pm
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When I was in college I took a course in the Enlightenment. In those days, when people spoke of the Enlightenment, they usually meant the French Enlightenment " thinkers like Descartes, Rousseau, Voltaire and Condorcet. .
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Their great model was Descartes. He aimed to begin human understanding anew. He’d discard the accumulated prejudices of the past and build from the ground up, erecting one logical certainty upon another
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But there wasn’t just one Enlightenment, headquartered in France. There was another, headquartered in Scotland and Britain and led by David Hume, Adam Smith and Edmund Burke. As Gertrude Himmelfarb wrote in her 2004 book, “The Roads to Modernity,” if the members of the French Enlightenment focused on the power of reason, members of the British Enlightenment emphasized its limits.

They put more emphasis on our sentiments. People are born with natural desires to be admired and to be worthy of admiration. They are born with moral emotions, a sense of fair play and benevolence. They are also born with darker passions, like self-love and tribalism, which mar rationalist enterprises. We are emotional creatures first and foremost, and politics should not forget that.
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The children of the British Enlightenment are in retreat. Yet there is the stubborn fact of human nature. The Scots were right, and the French were wrong. And out of that truth grows a style of change, a style that emphasizes modesty, gradualism and balance.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/25/opinion/25brooks.html?hp

Damn right!
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Reply Tue 10 May, 2011 07:23 am
@hawkeye10,
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We are emotional creatures first and foremost, and politics should not forget that.
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Why do you think that I am the only response so far?
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Reply Tue 10 May, 2011 08:44 am
@hawkeye10,


U.S. Will Not Become U.S. of Europe on our Watch
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