December 21, 2015

Quote of the Day

What are the motives for violence? ... There are ideologies, such as those of militant religions, nationalism, Nazism, and Communism, that justify vast outlays of violence by a Utopian cost-benefit analysis: If your belief system holds out the hope of a world that will be infinitely good forever, how much violence are you entitled to perpetrate in pursuit of this infinitely perfect world?

Well, as much as much as you want, and you're always ahead of the game. The benefits always outweigh the costs.

Moreover, imagine that there are people who hear about your scheme for a perfect world and just don't get with the program. They might oppose you in bringing heaven to Earth. How evil are they? They're the only thing standing in the way of an infinitely good world. Well, you do the math.-- Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature [Review Corner]


Quote of the Day Posted by John Kranz at December 21, 2015 5:17 PM

A powerful quote on a topic of immense import. It reminds me of these...

"If you want to make an omelet, you've gotta break a few eggs." -Josef Stalin via Walter Duranty

"Boko Haram sincerely believes that girls are better off enslaved than educated." -Ayaan Hirsi Ali

"Recycling and conservation and switching to renewable energy sources must be done at any cost, because it is good for the earth." -Hood Robin

Posted by: johngalt at December 23, 2015 4:07 PM | What do you think? [1]