[LMB] Gender equality and genetic predispositions

Tony Zbaraschuk tonyz at eskimo.com
Tue Sep 3 03:52:05 BST 2013


On Mon, Sep 02, 2013 at 07:57:42PM -0600, Howard Brazee wrote:
> 
> On Sep 2, 2013, at 6:33 PM, Judy R. Johnson <jrj at fidalgo.net> wrote:
> 
> > Well, aggression can be useful in our defense, so long as we control it.
> > When a society can't control its leaders, it becomes ruled by them.  So I'd
> > reword that -- say we value leaders that can match force to defend us from
> > whatever comes our way; no wimps need apply.  But then we should be
> > pathetically grateful if that same forcefulness is not used against us.  I
> > hope this century sees the last of dictators as political sophistication
> > catches on.
> 
> But we are better off with a forgotten leader who kept us out of war, 
> than with the hero that got us to survive a war.

It kind of depends on the specifics of the situation, and sometimes
the other side picks the war and it can't really be avoided.


Tony Z

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