A Discussion With Paul VanderKlay (YouTube)
Dr. Menzies says most Westerners are fundamentalists without recognizing it. They have an unquestioned belief in democracy, free markets and sexual liberty. He's written a book on this subject which we discuss. He is an economist with a degree from Oxford University and lives and works in Sydney Australia.
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Father studied bomb shelters epidemiologist
Sydney, University of Technology
Donald hay, Christian economist
Free Market Liberalism
Three things uncritically
The conflict is because of vested interests. Bulverisms
Different pre-suppositions. Not necessarily because of the bulverisms.
Rather than look at the surface of arguments
The Fundamentals, a testimony to the truth
What foundations do you use. James Orr’s pamphlet on Genesis
Stating a set of unprovable presuppositions and building something on top of it.
Calling someone a fundamentalist is anti-religious prejudice.
The fallacy of the special problem. Choosing to pin it onto religious people when it’s really a general problem.
A yearning for freedom.
Everybody builds their lives on unprovable things.
Transfering the metaphor of economic freedom from relationships.
Economic freedom and sexual freedom. An aesthetic right marginalize everyone else.
Democracy is good at letting a small group of people oppressing a large group of people.
Groups make better decisions than individuals.
Large number of buyers and sellers
Markets have nice properties about dealing with shortages and gluts
Leave the prices to move around and respond to shortages and gluts.
Mindset that everything is a mutually advantageous trade.
This cost-benefit mindset, ruthless regard for your advantage,
Regard people’s preferences as a fixed thing
It’s the market’s job to meet those preferences
Knock-on effects. Petrol contributes to pollution, well understood, an externality
Effects of markets onsocial situations, motivation crowding out.
Commercial mindset walks into a situation it transforms it.
Moral frame. Once a price was involved it was a babysitting tax.
Commodification, not just knock-on effects, The people themselves are shrunk and de-personalized.
Outcomes is a transferal of a market mentality into a sexual ethic. Wanting to use markets in every area society.
Gary Becker, Nobel Prize winning, how the economy effects people’s ideas of marriage
Stephanie Coontz, 1950s particular high point in the status of marriage in the world.
People were prepared to count their blessings.
Human kind of sinful. Don’t like looking back to a golden age.
Whether we’ve got too far away from that.
Most people don’t plan on an accident, but they do plan on traffic jams.
Relationships instability has moved from the accident category to the traffic jam category.
Relationships to be stable enough. Rely on the relationship continuing.
Relational environment so unstable.
Does democracy care about the weak
People have fundamentally equal value.
Fixing up pollution in the world, breed everyone to be half the size and nobody eats meat.
Who agrees with this being a compulsory policy.
Why are people more valuable than animals
A religious answer, special dignity
It’s an illusion. We’re not an evolutionary bias
We are more valuable because of our greater capacities.
Are people equal
Democracy holds onto that.
John Stuart Mill: whatever you like up to the limit of harm. Very weak criteria
Nietzsche: The strong, the powerful, the beautiful, will restore greco-roman greatness to the West. Also the hard working.
LImiting markets to a sphere
What will stand in the way of the market?
People only recognize evil on the fringe, like a centrifuge. They don’t recognize it in the small, mundane amounts. People used evil much more freely after 9/11.
The danger of using WW2 is that we only recognize it in extreme forms and not in ourselves.
Christians who are feeling marginalized in the secular world
People who feel marginalized that their culture is looked down on.
They are bad at looking at their own presuppositions.