Don’t say there are evolutionary reasons for this. I know there are. But we can’t go from “is” to “ought.”
What, if anything, is good about wanting the best for one’s kids? Why should I respect this desire?
2. Guido has rightly pointed out that Polly Toynbee was wholly wrong to call herself middle class. But the error is by no means Polly’s alone. People can earn ten times the median wage (which is £24,000 (pdf)) and yet still consider themselves “middle class” rather than upper class. Why is this? Why do the rich pretend they are middle class? Is there something sinister going on here - an attempt to deflect demands for more redistributive taxation - or is this an innocent error? If so, what’s the cause of it?
3. The Large Hadron Collider didn’t cause the end of the world. But would the end of the world really be worse than one’s own individual death? I mean, one reason why we dread death - if we do at all - is that we leave others behind, we don’t’ find out what happens next. But if we were to perish at the end of the world, these motives would be absent. What I’m asking is: could it be that death is partly a positional bad?
4. Here’s a question for those on the left who are disappointed by this government, but critical of my claim that they should face up to the failure of statist leftism. Under what conditions could the parliamentary and statist roads to socialism (or something like it) succeed? I mean, between 1997 and 2005 Labour had a 100-seat majority and faced no credible opposition. If it could not advance leftist goals satisfactorily under these conditions, under what conditions could it do so? Are these conditions plausible?