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Offline Daniel

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Re: Politics
« Reply #15 on: October 31, 2017, 01:40:47 PM »
I'll answer in general terms.

Linguists tend to be liberal, given our interest in cultures, people and diversity. This is also because a liberal perspective is often the result of simply getting to know diverse people. Linguists meet more people from around the world than most.

As for anarchists, they are often creative and intelligent, if idealistic.

Now, how about ForumExplorers. What purpose do they serve?
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Re: Politics
« Reply #16 on: November 01, 2017, 12:37:47 PM »
I consider myself a libertarian. I think that the function of the government should be limited to protecting the freedom of an individual and being the last resort to people. If somebody is starving because of unemployment, I think that government should give him some money. Otherwise not. The government has expanded so much in trying to help the poor that it has hurt the poor the most. I think that the government should intervene if somebody tries to kill someone, but not if somebody is doing drugs, since he is hurting noone but himself.

What do you guys think about the policies such as the minimum wage? I think that it does more harm than good and that there are better alternatives, such as the guaranteed minimal income.

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Re: Politics
« Reply #17 on: November 05, 2017, 10:45:30 PM »
I consider myself a libertarian. I think that the function of the government should be limited to protecting the freedom of an individual and being the last resort to people....

What do you guys think about the policies such as the minimum wage? I think that it does more harm than good and that there are better alternatives, such as the guaranteed minimal income.
I am stunned that you don't see the contradiction.

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Re: Politics
« Reply #18 on: November 06, 2017, 06:15:53 PM »
People on other forums mostly aren't educated in social sciences. Linguistics, on the other hand, appears to be a very hard social science. So, it could be meaningful to know which political ideology the linguists subscribe to.
In what way is it "meaningful"? There seems to be an underlying assumption that the validity of an idea is determined by the social company it keeps. Suppose I tell you that all linguists are Reagan conservatives: what would be the impact of that revelation? (I feel compelled to object to the incorrect characterization of linguistics as a social science. Sociolunguistics is one, no doubt; the study of grammar is not).
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Historians are mostly left-wingers. And history doesn't appear to be such a hard science. Economists are mostly right-wingers, and economics appears to be a bit more of a science than history. Linguistics appears to be even more scientific than economics is. It's probably less scientific than physics is, but it studies things somewhat relevant to politics.
I would guess that you're saying, the better a person's epistemology is, the more credible his conclusions about politics would be. And then you're using a subjective "scientificness" metric (applied to their profession as a whole) as your measure of the quality of an individual's epistemology.

Actually, there is another way to judge the validity of an idea: sharpen up your epistemology, and evaluate the idea yourself.
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So, again, are you conservative, liberal or libertarian? Or maybe something else?
That is correct. I will give you a hint: I've never met a linguist that I agree with politically. That should narrow it down for you.