A podcast discussion with Bill Walton

Not that Bill Walton, although this one is plenty tall. Here we are. Starting with the 3-axes model, we go on to a wide-ranging discussion that was fun for me.

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  1. Tom G says:

    It was an excellent preface statement about the axis of moral certainty that each tribe likes to base its morality upon, with progressives on the oppressors – oppressed axis. So heroes are the oppressed.
    Conservatives: (fragile) civilization – barbarism.
    Libertarians: liberty – coercion.

    Is there a transcript available?
    Arnold (Independent Scholar?), I think you should frequently repeat your 3 axes …
    “taking the most charitable view of those who disagree, on any axis: oppressed-oppressors; civilization-barbarism; liberty-coercion”

    Funny it was Bill before you to note about tax code support for families. I’m wondering about these axes on “who pays for the mess” after free people make bad choices and the results of the bad choice is a problem.

    Not all disagreements are zero-sum; can’t win argument with spouse.

    No mention of “A Hillbilly Elegy”? Great on Scots-Irish Greater Appalachia.

    More friends who are … not Libertarians? What a surprise — Libs are too often “not so nice”.

    Hobbies are getting narrower, deeper, older people.
    Important that kid’s sports is also much less inclusive, “only the best need apply” is a problem.

    Jurors want the best outcome on that trial. In politics, we want our side to win.

    As religion recedes, politics increases its importance for morality.

    People DO understand that morality is needed for civilization and human flourishing.
    But without religion, the political choice leads towards accepting the morality of the political side you’ve chosen.
    Political parties & electioneering is a lousy way to support morality.

    I like your idea of trying to understand those who disagree. We seem to be getting further apart with more social media; first order fix — less social media. More society.

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