“Despite the fact that the United States, Denmark and Argentina have very different welfare systems, we still see that — at the psychological level — individuals reason about welfare redistribution in the same way,” says Petersen. “In all three countries, physically strong males consistently pursue the self-interested position on redistribution.”
However, I think there is a third rational option that eludes our current left-right political spectrum in the US. The Founding Fathers were philosophers, thinkers. They worked hard to examine the historical basis for the every choice they made, disagreed often, and concluded on a system that granted individuals rights and refused the government power. I think the psychological make-up of individuals makes it difficult to see the third option, but I believe that makes a reasoned approach to politics invaluable.
I've heard many of the problems with the public school administration aren't problems at private schools. The claim is that "at will employment" makes for a better relationship with the administration. I don't know how true that is, and I wish I could think of where I saw the original discussion I would ask some private school teachers their feelings on the matter and see what kinds of response you're able to get.
Alternatively, you could always look for work in Finland
80% will work fine if you:
- Support only IE9+, or
- Ignore CSS3 linear-gradients (the MS filters are too buggy and slow to be used in IE)
- Don't try to use display: inline-block; without IE specific hacks
- Don't use
- Don't use display: table-cell; (even though some developers still do, and for the life of me I haven't found a suitable analog or shim)
If you're skipping out on all that, then yeah, sure, 80% of what you do will work fine in IE, no problem. If you try to do more than that, you will be fighting an uphill battle to make your site work properly in IE.
The thing that concerns me is what I've seen happening to Obama the last few years... He played the social network to ride the election, and promised many things he should have been able to deliver. Instead, it seems that the relentless political tides have worn him down, and I see him reneging on his core values. I wish it weren’t so, but it seems to me that the only way to fix the system is by replacing much more of our government with political leaders in touch with their constituents needs.
Thanks for your answer!
I was having this "people are inherently good/bad" argument with a friend of mine... I took him to a casino. Despite the fact that the casinos are obviously making money (which means most of the people pulling handles on the machines are saps, and even willing dupes), enough people buy into it to make the casinos work.
If you want to follow Tit-for-Tat in the Prisoner's Dilemma that is our society, best of luck. I think people are inherently evil, and I know religion doesn't help (it's just more rules). The only solution I see is some kind of outside intervention (Jesus and His sacrificial death on the cross, and His resurrection from the dead).