Some Questions For The Popular Narrative
There are many things people would have us believe without any effort to support their story with evidence.
Sometimes we should step back from the narrative and assess what we are told.
- Do older and familiar standards of behaviour and interaction with society still hold? How do we see religion as providing moral guidance? Do we respect each other and our ability to have differing opinions and viewpoints? When should we not respect each other? Note it is very easy to create circular arguments with this.
- Is climate change man made? There is some correlation-like information, but causation? Even the correlation idea breaks down if you look. The temperatures were rising before the CO2 increased. Odd? What evidence of causation is there?
- Does American society owe the Afro-American part of society reparations? On what basis? Slavery ended 150 years ago and the most repressive laws ended 60 years ago. How would you make the case supported by evidence including the evidence that eliminates any other reason for the disadvantage, if one exists. Assuming you could make an objective case, how would you remediate the problem? Looking twenty years forward, what improvements would you expect to see because of the reparations?
- The government transfers vast amounts to groups in society. How much does it cost to do so? Take a simple example, Old Age Security pays $625 a month and is tied loosely to inflation. If you had to buy an equivalent pension, how much would the cheque be that pays for it? How many other programs are paid from tax revenue? Does the government know and manage the liabilities that result from their promises?
- Do you think the businesses that manufacture the ordering kiosks at McDonalds and the ubiquitous self checkout lanes, would support an increase in the minimum wage? If not why not? If yes, why?
- Do slowly developing problems like climate change require the same sor tof urgent solution that a fast developing problem does? Should house fires have a different response? If a slow moving problem has many approaches to solution, does it make sense to confine the approach? Explain your answers.
- What level of wealth and income inequality is acceptable? Why? Support your answer.
- What percentage of income tax is paid by the highest 1% of earners? What should they pay? Based on your answers, what societal costs would result? How would youd eal with that?
- What is the highest reasonable tax bracket? At what level should it begin? Include state and local taxes in your calculations? What is the highest you would pay without objection? Should governments focus on rates or the amount of money raised?
- When did education become teaching what to think instead of how to think? Are facts optional? Why or why not?
- Do governments, candidates for office, civil servants, various agencies of the government, and the media lie to us to promote their preferred story? Should they sometimes? What conditions should exist to permit it? If we went back in history and counted the lies by decade, would you expect the count to be higher as you come closer to now? You might enjoy and article by a historian who can support his contentions? Victor Davis Hanson, The Ignoble Lie.
We are being conned. If you don’t know why you believe what you do, you should stop and think. It doesn’t matter how smart you are unless you think and use objective evidence, and reasonable thinking methods.
Do the people spreading the narrative have any evidence they can show that you particularly will be better off when all this comes to pass?
In the past thirty years, have you noticed any politicians who govern in the best interest of the people?
Governments have proven themselves, incompetent and sometimes corrupt. On a good day, they are merely inept. Why does it make sense to put them in charge of anything?
You should work through some of the questions. I cannot give you the answers because my answers, even when I know them, won’t fit with your reality. You have to do it for yourself. A thought that relates “Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs by facts.” Henry Rosovsky. Every one of us denies the facts that deny our beliefs. You must edge your way to a new belief.
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