Random links

All slaughterhouses in England will have to be monitored by CCTV to safeguard animal welfare, says Michael Gove
"Food Standards Agency’s official vets will be able to access footage of all areas with livestock" Much better than the "ag gag" laws popping up in other places which keep unauthorized cameras away. Here's it's not just cameras being required, but also a government agency entitled to access the footage.
The Problems of Identity Policing and Invisible Identities for Identitarian Deference
"That King had to reveal such private, and presumably painful, information should strike most people as inhumane. ... There are many causes, but one of them is surely that the modern politics of Identitarian Deference (ID) creates the necessity of identity policing and effectively forces those with less visible identities to share the private details of their lives."
Science Curiosity and Political Information Processing
"This paper describes evidence suggesting that science curiosity counteracts politically biased information processing." / "It also reports data, observational and experimental, showing that science curiosity promotes open-minded engagement with information that is contrary to individuals’ political predispositions."

C.S. Lewis on tyranny

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. - C. S. Lewis

The terrorist as altruist

I've been trying to drive home over and over again that not everyone thinks like you. Here's an example you might not have thought of:

All terrorists fundamentally see themselves as altruists: incontestably believing that they are serving a “good” cause designed to achieve a greater good for a wider constituency—whether real or imagined—which the terrorist and his organization or cell purport to represent. Indeed, it is precisely this sense of self-righteous commitment and self-sacrifice that that draws people into terrorist groups. It all helps them justify the violence they commit. It gives them collective meaning. It gives them cumulative power. The terrorist virtually always sees himself as a reluctant warrior: cast perpetually on the defensive and forced to take up arms to protect himself and his community. They see themselves as driven by desperation——and lacking any viable alternative—to violence against a repressive state, a predatory rival ethnic or nationalist group, or an unresponsive international order.

If you want to stop terrorism (or other sorts of extremist views) you need to understand what drives those who perpetrate it. (Also be skeptical of your own ability to keep from getting lured in).

Random links

Self-defense Policy, Justified Homicides, and Race
"the implementation of Stand Your Ground policies lead to an average of 2.75 additional black Alleged Perpetrators of Crimes being killed each month, 2.39 of whom are killed by black citizens. Additionally, I find 0.5 additional white Alleged Perpetrators are killed each month, 0.49 of whom are killed by white citizens."
Scared About North Korea? You Aren't Scared Enough
"I don’t think the North Koreans are going to deliberately start a nuclear war, but I think they might use those weapons if they thought a war was coming and they needed to get a jump on the U.S. and South Korea. And, despite the poor track record of decapitation strikes, the idea really frightens the North Koreans. But instead of making them behave, I suspect it will lead them to do things that I really don’t like, such as releasing nuclear weapons to lower level missile units."
Support for redistribution is shaped by compassion, envy, and self-interest, but not a taste for fairness
"Endorsement of redistribution is independently predicted by dispositional compassion, dispositional envy, and the expectation of personal gain from redistribution. By contrast, a taste for fairness, in the sense of (i) universality in the application of laws and standards, or (ii) low variance in group-level payoffs, fails to predict attitudes about redistribution."


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