On 1/27/2013 2:14 PM, Craig Weinberg wrote:
On Sunday, January 27, 2013 12:34:37 PM UTC-5, Stephen Paul King wrote:
What I really what to know is: what motivates the need to find
What motivates the need to deny oppression?
''*Oppression*is the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome,
cruel, or unjust manner.^
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oppression#cite_note-1> It can also be
defined as an act or instance of oppressing, the state of being
oppressed, and the feeling of being heavily burdened, mentally or
physically, by troubles, adverse conditions, and anxiety."
My argument is that the entire idea of oppresion is flawed unless
there is a clear and objective means to show the metrics that is used.
What defines "burdensome", "cruelty", "unjust"? All subjective
eye-of-the-beholder valuations. Oppression cannot be objectively
defined, as I previously pointed out how one could claim a state of
oppression and there is no way to measurable show that the oppression
does not exist - it is impossible to prove a negative. Oppression now
become a means to oppress itself, to pit one group against another.
So I ask, what is the motivation to even consider the idea of
oppression if not to inject subjectivity further into relations between
humans that already hard enough to figure out? When one can look at the
measurable results of policies and find where and when people thrive and
where and when they do not, there is no need to even mention the word
oppression or injustice. When evaluating policies, does it not only
matter that the results are beneficial by some agreeable measure so that
we can cast aside all subjective aspects?
We can see in history that collectivist policies have almost
uniformly caused harm (measureable in the numbers of people in mass
graves), so why do they keep being tried?
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