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The despair is stronger than hoped

Nicholas Agar
Nicholas Agar is a New Zealand-based philosopher. The philosopher Agar is from New Zealand and writes a lot about the consequences of new technology for humans. His latest book is How to be Human in the Digital Economy.
OPTIMISM: By taking positive ideas more seriously, we can give them the same attention that toxic ideologies get today.

(THIS ARTICLE IS ONLY MACHINE TRANSLATED by Google from Norwegian)

No matter where, whether in the media, in the rhetoric of politicians or in discussions on Internet – one finds a bias against bad ideals and ideas. I don't mean to imply that most of us support racism, misogyny or homophobia, but we give them effect. We believe that extremist ideals must be fought because we implicitly consider them strong enough to attract new followers and infectious enough to spread.

At the same time, we tend to take positive ideas less seriously, we instinctively believe that it is neither possible to make good progress towards a zero carbon economy or to close the wealth gap between rich and poor. Policies proposed to achieve such ethical goals are considered unrealistic. Politicians who support such a policy are viewed with distrust or rejection. Our partiality means that we attach to the villains the motivating power of idealism instead of utilizing it for our common good.

magic Dust

During the election in NewIn 2017, many commentators criticized the optimistic vision of Labor leader Jacinda Ardern and called it "magic dust".

When U.S. Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein was contacted by schoolchildren who wanted her to support the "Green New Deal" legislation, she dismissed the claim as unrealistic: "The resolution will never be approved by Senateand you can tell it to those who sent you here, "was the answer.

We believe that extremist ideals must be fought because we implicitly consider them strong enough to attract new followers and infectious enough to spread.

Think of the white nationalist who killed 51 people at the Christchurch mosque in New Zealand in March last year: His stated goal was to reverse "The Great Replacement" (replacing white Europeans by Africans and people from Middle East), in addition, he claimed that. . .

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