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Sunday, September 18, 2005

I had a strange thought about politics

Here is an interesting (and possibly totally wrong) thought I had last night.

You know how there is/was that theory about the gender intelligence split where the males have a higher representation at both ends of the spectrum(genius, idiots) and females tend to be clustered more in the middle ie there are fewer female geniuses, but on the other hand there are fewer female idiots.

Anyway, that's what (my perception of) the left/right thing in politics reminds me of.

The left want a society with a bell curve like the bellcurve of female IQs. Everyone the same. No one suffering, but no one over-achieving either (cause that's not fair is it?). Nice. PC. Sugar and Spice and Kittens with Ribbons.

The right want a society with a bell curve like the bell curve of male IQs. Greater differences between people. The Haves and The Have Nots. Selfish. Money hungry. Lions and Tigers.

The unfortunate thing is that some people are better suited to being looked after, secure, not over-achieving and being the same as everyone else, whereas other people are stifled by that and need the opportunity to succeed and fail spectacularly. I think some "Poor People" need to be looked after forever because they wouldn't cope with fending for themselves, whereas other "Poor People" are deadened and wasted by being smothered and would only reach their potential if they are left to fend for themselves.

Interesting theory.

As a person tending towards the right, I'm not so sure I'm wanting greater differences between the haves and the have nots, but more that we can get every-one up to a minimum standard, a safe base line, and then after that the only way is up.

And when I say "every-one", I mean the entire world not just the country.

And I don't think unlimited charity, where much of it is creamed or wasted, is the most effective way of doing it.

I still haven't figured out how to get there. The process of "equalizing" every-one seems to be the solution the left have fastened upon, and that process worries me.
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