Engineers are intrinsically 'right-wing'.

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Engineers are intrinsically 'right-wing'.

Postby chrismb » Sat Jan 16, 2010 5:20 pm

For all the wierd general threads going on at the moment, I'm sure I saw a comment/question from MSimon on this matter but for the life of me I can't sort the chaff from the wheat on this site at the moment.

Anyway, I'm on my 'usual' soap-box here:

The basic principle of left-wing socialists is to get all the population to the same level. To my mind, that must mean bringing everything/one down to the lowest common multiple. This, indeed, has been taken to its full conclusion in some situations, from the scandinavian socailist countries where there is an effective social exclusion of anyone who tries to make out they are superior, to the soviets where they imprison them, to extremists like Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge who just killed anyone slightly more educated than a candle stick.

The basic principle of right-wing politics is that those who might be able to excel should be allowed to to do, at the disbenefit of others if necessary.

It is self-evident, then, that engineers may appear "right wing"because they seek to evolve and develop technologies that are new, fantastical, unbelievable, immense, and they have a natural expectation that some funds will be given to that venture rather than feeding some starving person who can't look after themselves - because in the long run the evolution and development of technology is the best way to fix such sub-standards and health deficits.

The development of technology doesn't seek to re-balance inequitibility like left wing politics, it simply offers a chance for the whole spectrum of social standing to benefit. Look at it this way, when the worst complaint that 'the poor' can make gets to the point that their biggest complaint is they can't afford to fix their broken fridge and their beer is warm when they come to watch some sport on telly - hey, get things into perspective here!!!... Technology and industry has, quite literally, already taken them out of 'the gutter'. Go look in a country that is not so industrially developed and see the people who do literally live (and die) in the gutter. It is also often the place that newborn babies are tossed when they cannot afford their upkeep, or that they are born female instead of male under oppresive socialist population controls (so as to 'normalise' society).

All good engineers should be right-wing; they are more interested in incrementing the excellent that the mediocre. But the label is unfair because they just aren't thinking about the lower end of the scale. Don't bother them with such trivial thoughts, they're busy dragging the whole of society along by the scruff of the neck to better things and if dragging someone from the 'head' end causes a few scuffed shoes, then sobeit. Better than being dragged by the feet.

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Postby Robthebob » Sat Jan 16, 2010 8:05 pm

Throwing my life away for this whole Fusion mess.

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