I suspect that most arguments are not, at heart, about finding the truth but about being proven “right”. All manner of selfish interests may be at stake.
Category Social Justice
If there is a take-home lesson from the many different cooperative behaviors in the natural world, it is that cooperation is highly contingent and almost always instrumental to meeting basic survival and reproductive needs. It’s not an end in itself.
For better and worse, our Supreme Court is a political institution and not, despite its trappings, a temple of Olympian detachment — as the Roberts court has amply demonstrated. Sometimes the underling principles of justice are trampled upon.
Capitalism provides a classic example of a double edged sword (Will Hutton, in his book Them and Us calls it a “tightrope”). He argues that fairness is a better ideological objective.
Although the debate about human nature has been unabated among social, economic and political theorists for 2,000 years, there is quietly emerging an empirically based science of human nature, And there is good news.
The social contract has become badly frayed over the past 30 years, as the gap between the rich and the poor has widened to Biblical proportions and an estimated one quarter of our population has sunk into more or less extreme poverty.