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180. Talking Politics And Virtue

In our society, politics has jumped to the front of most everyone’s mind. Despite its prominence in our lives, it seems that many people don’t know how to talk about it. But, that doesn’t have to be the case. A while ago, I sat down to talk with the guys from the Vital Masculinity Podcast about virtues, and how to discuss politics. Since I’ve been revisiting some of the great conversations I’ve had, I thought I’d revisit this conversation about justice, reading, and talking politics. That way, I can pull out some new insights and elaborate on an amazing conversation. So, after you listen to this, it would be good to check out the original interview.

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“Virtue is harmony.”

-Pythagoras

You Can’t Fix Injustice with Injustice

While it may seem like revenge can right wrongs, it really can’t. In fact, injustice cannot be dealt with by committing further injustices. Instead, justice has to be done to rectify the damage, and while some may not feel as though they’ve been made whole, they may need to accept that. As politicians today call for things like reparations and “equitable treatment,” we ought to be wary of their solutions.

Revolution Rarely Works out Well

Although the American Revolution worked out well, it is an outlier, not the rule. More often than not, revolution leads to chaos and a worse state of things. Tyranny of a dictator is, at the very least, predictable. However, mob rule and the chaos of revolutions like the Communist Revolution or French Revolution leaves a society in desperate need of order. And, this often comes from a strong-willed leader who generally leads back to the tyranny the revolt reacted to in the first place.

Talking Politics Virtuously

Man, is it hard to have a good political discussion. It seems like anytime we talk about politics either we talk past each other or it turns to shouting and name-calling. But, that doesn’t have to be the case. There are ways of talking politics that can be productive. Doing this requires virtues of patience, prudence, and courage – as well as some tact and knowledge. So, if it’s possible, how can it be done? Listen to find out.

What it looks like talking politics

211. Elitism and Prideful Disdain | A Nasty Story by Fyordor Dostoevsky Conversation of Our Generation

In Dostoevsky's Nasty Story, we follow the dreadful evening of a prideful bureaucrat. The story follows Ivan Ilyich Pralinsky, as he decides to crash his subordinate's wedding reception. His reason for doing so, whether he admits it or not, is his pride. And, that's what I want to discuss today: how elitism leads people to pride and a disdain for "common people." What is Elitism? Basically, elitism is the idea that a group of wealthy, powerful people deserve their wealth and power. Even if the elites are born into it, they still feel deserving. And, if they're deserving, then the common people they look down on did something to be undeserving. So, it turns out to create a sort of social, political, and financial caste system. The problem is, the self-proclaimed elites aren't always deserving of the praise they seek. So, it can go wrong for them. Humbling the Elites In the past, I've reviewed Dostoevsky's work, and discussed the neuroticism of his characters. Ivan Ilyich Pralinsky is no exception. Throughout this story, he has this inner dialogue where he'll be held up as a hero of the people. But, the story doesn't go the way he planned it. In the end, he is humbled terribly and it shows that the higher one holds himself up, the further he can fall. Pralinsky's elitist attitude blinded him from reality just as our elites are today. If you want to read it, you can find it for free here. For more book reviews and discussions like these, check out my library. For more on this, click here for the full episode and show notes to Elitism and Prideful Disdain. Subscribe to my podcast, wherever you listen, here>> — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/support
  1. 211. Elitism and Prideful Disdain | A Nasty Story by Fyordor Dostoevsky
  2. 210. Political Action and the Call to "Do Something"
  3. 209. Breaking the Rules of Philosophy
  4. 208. Failures of Modernity and Rationality
  5. 207. Was Lincoln a Good President?

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