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How the Rhetoric of Responsibility Hurts the Welfare State | New Republic
"THE AGE OF RESPONSIBILITY: LUCK, CHOICE, AND THE WELFARE STATE by Yascha MounkHarvard University Press,"
book  review  welfare  responsibility  rhetoric  political-science  philosophy  ethics  collective  commonwealth 
june 2017 by tsuomela
slacktivist: All are responsible
Snowfall in America brings with it, inevitably, a blizzard of "jokes" about the alleged absurdity of global warming. All of these jokes have two things in common: 1) they mention Al Gore, and 2) they're not actually funny.

Being funny isn't the point of these jokes, so it's not surprising that they fail to achieve funniness. What is surprising, though, is that so many people feel compelled to tell "jokes" that aren't actually jokes -- jokes that neither attempt nor achieve funniness. What is the point of such "jokes"? They're like cars without wheels -- why on earth would anyone bother making such a thing?

I have a theory. This is just speculation, and I might be wrong. But then again, I might be right.

The great philosopher and activist Abraham Joshua Heschel said, "Few are guilty; all are responsible."
responsibility  philosophy  guilt  environment  social  problems  collective  blame 
february 2010 by tsuomela

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