There is an evil strain permeating American culture and that is the culture of aristocracy. It has been eroding the egalitarian values this country was founded on. I fear liberals who believe that all humans are equal are loosing the argument by those that want to divide humans into class to protect the status quo. These aristocrats argue from the vantage point of power, that they are where they are due to some sort of superior character trait and it is equal opportunity that allowed them acquire their lot in life. This is misleading and people are falling for it. The poor are poor because they are lazy they say. They shouldn't have to work hard to support them. These are strawman arguments that don't address the socioeconomic condition that lead to and support poverty and the culture surrounding it. 

There is no scientific evidence that some people are inherently superior to other humans. Superior in what way? The ability to indulge in selfish behavior in the pursuit of wealth? The ability to throw a football better than anyone? The ability to empathize? To create a fascinating work of art? Teach other humans? Make new discoveries? Higher intelligence? What decides if one is better than another: The subjective perspective of human beings. There is not an objective group of humans or even an individual that is superior or better than any other. It depends entirely on the context. It is subjective in nature.

I am a liberal and believe in the equality of all humans because we are genetically mostly the same. Even genetic differences don't indicate objective status stratification. We have more in common than uncommon. The differences are only exaggerated by the aristocrats who want to justify that they can rule over us by a position of superiority that they themselves define and a system they maintain. They want to keep their power and their wealth. They are anti-democratic. They are the new American aristocrats. 

Say no to aristocrats as well as pseudoscience. 

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Comment by James on October 22, 2017 at 5:37pm
Innocent until proven guilty. Equal unless proven otherwise. These are democratic values. It is you who have nothing and have learned nothing. Quit trolling.
Comment by Frankie Dapper on October 22, 2017 at 5:03pm

so ya got nothing?

figured as much...

Now then James, gotta take my aristocratic blue blood on down road Jack..

And you have learned absolutely nothing..it is no secret what god can do...what he has done for James he can do for you

Comment by James on October 22, 2017 at 11:45am
Spoken like a true aristocrat Frankie. The burden of proof is on those who claim "superiority". There is not empirical evidence for this. I will not be ruled over by people with unscientific claims. You should look more at the big picture. It's like me saying, "Look at this pine tree. There isn't another one identical to it in the whole forest." Well no kidding. I can empirically say that this tree is unique, yet share commonalities with other trees. We call these things species. All humans are one species. There are general features that we all share. That is what I consider equal. It is our common humanity. Now, there is obviously individual differences, but those differences do not warrant oppression of one group by another? Just because a CEO is successful in one business, it doesn't imply any superiority. Point me to a peer reviewed article that substantiates that claim. These are human values. Egalatarianism isn't a myth. It is one means humans can organize a society. It is obviously something you do not value. If you value aristocracies so much, start your own damnd blog.
Comment by Frankie Dapper on October 22, 2017 at 8:05am

No James.

No false analogy. Instead a critique of your weak assertion concerning the Declaration of Independence. You however have avoided or been unable to counter. A rubiginous and bloated herring has been set forth by you.

The idea of egalitarianism is simply a myth. The founders replaced one form of tyranny with another.  And in point of fact some of the "tyranny" imposed from without by Britain was far more benign and justified then what came from our founders. 

Adducing the declaration of independence as proof of having founded the nation on principles of egalitarianism is tendentious and self-serving and completely aesthetic. The idea of slavery, indentured servitude, women as property who could not vote and the three fifths clause would have been anathema to persons basing their government and lives on principles of egalitarianism.  Not much longer the persons from whom the nation was stolen were subjected to a genocide. I guess it is the case that STATUS meant everything to those "EGALITARIANS". 

The atlantic slave trade was big business and first americans were in the way. They were not really "human" anyhow so i guess you can look the other way. Oh and lets not forget our little war of naked aggression against Mexico and dirty little good for nothing Mexicans. We Americans gained mightily in taking what was rightly ours. And every state of the union had lots of red-blooded Americans who in their spirit of egalitarianism donned the flag and got to live their fantasy by going there and raping and murdering civilians. But those were just Mexicans. So, no big deal. Weird, how a people guided by a document as pellucid as the declaration of independence were so egalitarian!

But hey, your trumpeting out the dec. of independence fits your narrative. And most people dont know jack shit about history and are incapable of analyzing anything. So as a freethinker you will probably continue to bring it up in support of your idea. Don't let facts get in the way of a good story. 

Comment by James on October 22, 2017 at 7:04am

Frankie, 

I am well aware of the hypocrisy of our founders and I do not treat it like a holy document. At least the founders, unlike the prophets of religion, admitted they were merely men and fallible and created a system of government by men, for men. It was a secular creation. The constitution is also a living document and can be amended by the people. This quite different from a "holy" text. You are committing a false analogy here. 

Some of the founders were aristocrats, some owned slaves, some wanted something that closely resembled the British monarchy. Some were egalitarians, like Thomas Paine. So what? The idea was instilled in the culture and survives to this day. They are dead and we are alive and have a chance make a more democratic way of life for future generations.

Comment by Frankie Dapper on October 22, 2017 at 2:02am

James, first of all it is no better than a theist pointing to some part of the bible that plays nice and then disregarding the parts of the bible that are cruel.

Second, the dec. of independence is superficially about egalitarianism. I assume you have in mind the language about all men being created equal and endowed by their creator with inalienable rights.

There is also language in the declaration about "savage Indian tribes". This is a direct repudiation of egalitarianism. And some of those tribes fought with the colonists shortly before the declaration of independence in the French and Indian War. Such perfidy and classist treatment of first americans is utterly anti-egalitarian.

Jefferson is credited as being a major contributor to the declaration and he had some 80 or so slaves. How egalitarian is that?

It is also the case that the reference to All men being endowed by their creator is a sleight against atheist. A subtle point perhaps but another indication that the declaration of independence is not about egalitarianism.
Rather, it is a written proclamation in support of independence and gives a rationale for the opposition to British tyranny.

Comment by James on October 21, 2017 at 5:14am

I love the human diversity and it should be appreciated for what it is, but not as a means for oppression.

Comment by James on October 21, 2017 at 5:14am

Joan, I agree that people are different in some ways, but they aren't significant in the larger picture, and they certainly don't justify treating others as less than human. Treat others as you would like to be treated because we are all mirrors of one another.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 21, 2017 at 4:36am

On the other hand, the strength of Homo sapiens is our diversity. No two humans are alike; even identical twins have differences. Whether Greek, or Athabascan Indian, or Africans from Timbuktu, or Australian aborigines, or Japanese, or people from any other part of the world, we all factor into the human family. No hierarchy of one race or nationality over another exists. We are all different!

Comment by James on October 21, 2017 at 4:13am

When you look at the larger picture of what it means to be human, yes, we all look the same. 

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