Academic journal article Journal of Evolutionary Psychology

Political Potpourri

Academic journal article Journal of Evolutionary Psychology

Political Potpourri

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Historically, the words "liberal" and "conservative" have meaning only when applied to a particular person or a certain class of individuals. There is a great deal of disparity of belief between those people who call themselves liberal or conservative. Both seek to promote their own self-interests; both have those who are blinded by prejudice, holding an allegiance to rigid habits of the past; both unwilling to liberate their minds from inertia and stagnation; both having feudal-minded mentalities; both unwilling to reform or change our political and educational systems to meet the needs of an evolving and complex society.

Some people worry more about the poverty of their reputation than the paucity of their intellect.

Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to James Madison, wrote: "I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive." What would Jefferson think of the size of government today? During his time the population of the United States was less than 3 million; today the figure is over 200 million. The question that comes to mind is how will a small, perhaps ineffective government, handle the regulation of our food supply, which often becomes contaminated through negligence or greedy profiteers? …

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