The Delicate Flowers of the US Gun Lobby

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Meanwhile in the real world more Americans have been killed by guns and their use in homicides, suicides, accidents,  domestic violence than in all the wars in American history. And a gun owner has 22 times more probability of losing themselves or a family member to gun use than of using a gun to protect themselves from attack by a stranger.

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Seneca (5BCE to 65 CE) Top Ten Conflict Tips

The famous Stoic philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca had some good tips about conflict and so here is another of our Top Ten Conflict Tips: 

  1. Life’s like a play: it’s not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters.
  2. One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.
  3. It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
  4. A physician is not angry at the intemperance of a mad patient, nor does he take it ill to be railed at by a man in fever.Just so should a wise man treat all mankind, as a physician does his patient, and look upon them only as sick and extravagant.
  5. A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.
  6. As long as you live, keep learning how to live
  7. Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today.
  8. Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.
  9. The way is long if one follows precepts, but short… if one follows patterns.
  10. A kingdom founded on injustice never lasts

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seneca_the_Younger

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True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future
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On Line Conflict Nailed by Dilbert

I think this captures much on-line conflict well:

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Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement: Conflict Humor

Much is quite rightly made of the concept of BATNA or Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement in negotiations. It is your walk away alternative, and decides how much power you likely have in the negotiation: the better your BATNA the less need for you have to settle for a bad deal and you should never settle for a deal that is worse than your BATNA.

Hence:

Bed Covers Nailed Down.

Bed Covers Nailed Down.

Hence:

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Bertold Brecht(1898-1956): Top Ten Conflict Tips

Having recently used one of his quotes I found interesting, time for one of your Top Ten Conflict Tips from one of the 20th Century’s most conflicted thinkers: Bertold Brecht.

  1. Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.
  2. The law was made for one thing alone, for the exploitation of those who don’t understand it, or are prevented by naked misery from obeying it.
  3. What is the robbing of a bank compared to the founding of a bank?
  4. To live means to finesse the processes to which one is subjugated.
  5. What they could do with ’round here is a good war. What else can you expect with peace running wild all over the place? You know what the trouble with peace is? No organization.
  6. The finest plans have always been spoiled by the littleness of them that should carry them out. Even emperors can’t do it all by themselves.
  7. Don’t tell me peace has broken out.
  8. The aim of science is not to open the door to infinite wisdom, but to set a limit to infinite error.”
  9. Nowadays, anyone who wishes to combat lies and ignorance and to write the truth must overcome at least five difficulties. He must have the courage to write the truth when truth is everywhere opposed; the keenness to recognize it, although it is everywhere concealed; the skill to manipulate it as a weapon; the judgment to select those in whose hands it will be effective; and the running to spread the truth among such persons.”
  10. After the uprising of the 17th of June
    The Secretary of the Writers’ Union
    Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinalle
    Stating that the people
    Had forfeited the confidence of the government
    And could win it back only
    By redoubled efforts. Would it not be easier
    In that case for the government
    To dissolve the people
    And elect another?

See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bertolt_Brecht

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Moral Foundations of Conservatives and Liberals: Building on Jonathan Haidt

I always found the Jonathan Haidt Moral Foundations work on the differences in the Moral Foundations of liberals and conservatives very useful. But I also had concerns that it missed some of the liberal moral concerns around Sanctity, Authority, Loyalty and didn’t include Gender Attitudes, and the very different takes on Caring and Justice. Now Jon Haidt’s work is research based rising out of intensive questioning of conservatives and liberals in many countries, here is my hypothesis of what the respective Moral Foundations of liberals and conservatives would be if research questions were a little different. 

For the original Jonathan Haidt research see: http://www.moralfoundations.org/

Here’s my take on this:

Liberal and Conservative moral foundations completed

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Seneca the Younger (4BCE-65CE) Top Ten Conflict Tips

Nassim Taleb in his book Anti-Fragile is very keen on the Roman Philosopher Seneca and so I thought it time we did a one of our Top Ten Conflict Tips on Seneca, the Stoic Roman Philosopher.

  1. True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.
  2. If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.
  3. Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.
  4. Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.
  5. While we are postponing, life speeds by.
  6. Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.
  7. A kingdom founded on injustice never lasts.
  8. That is never too often repeated, which is never sufficiently learned.
  9. Shall I tell you what the real evil is? To cringe to the things that are called evils, to surrender to them our freedom, in defiance of which we ought to face any suffering.
  10. A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two.

See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seneca_the_Younger

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