Ha! Oh yes, I know it won't change their minds.
So, what you're advising is that we renounce reason, and appeal to their ego so that we don't make them uncomfortable? Well, I think the fact that we're going tear down national boundaries, remove religion from any place of authority in society, render money obsolete, and place the means of production into the hands of a highly advanced global computer network. I think we've lost our opportunity to make them comfortable.
Rather than avoiding the things which must be said, I think we can revise them so that they're said more subtly. No one needs to come out and say the other party is an idiot who can't think clearly. But by asking the right questions with the right tone and phrasing it properly, you can lead the person to realize that his approach is very flawed.
And...do you think we can get anywhere near an RBE when people think like that?That, unfortunately, is the way many people are. They don't care because it's out of sight & out of mind, it's not their problem or fault that life isn't fair, etc. Not only do they not care, but they'll care if or when someone tries to come along - in a world where scarcity is and always has been a prevalent and inherent part of society - and tries to tell them that they have to give up the nice things they have. All they see and hear is someone trying to steal from them; that's the only way they can comprehend how to perceive what's being done to them.
An RBE will require a massive dose of empathy to realize, especially when you consider that it's predominately people from advanced western societies that are driving this. We all probably lead fairly comfortable lives, we don't have to do this. The peoples whose lives will improve the most are probably groveling in their filth right now struggling to find food. These aren't going to be the people who drive global revolution. It will be our empathy of their situation and the realization that we cannot sustain life on a thick foundation of individualism.
That would matter if we were suggesting reforms to our current socioeconomic system. But an RBE won't have taxation, it won't have labor.Some people might retort to this kind of thing with the argument that they paid their dues (taxes, charity, etc.) and earned what they own. They voted for the guy who promised to solve these problems and he's in office now - "so leave me alone; I don't want to hear about it."
It would be a catastrophe if we lost the support of a handful egomaniacs who believe that they've singlehandly "earned" their materially saturated life styles. I mean do you honestly think that these people are even remotely interested in supporting us? They would have nothing to gain.What "knowledge" are you referring to? This is obviously the worst thing to say to someone who's probably pro-individualist, and it is completely unnecessary to push aside individualism for collective predominance. This idea is a nice way to scare people away.
An RBE represents everything that they fear: The loss of all of their property.
So, please. Take the time to tell us how we can break it to these poor people, that everything that they've worked for over the course of their lives, will be lost as soon as we have an RBE.
It's the truth. We will not have property in an RBE. I hope it freaks them out--that would only be a reflection of how little exposure they've had with these ideas. We have nothing to hide.There won't be a need for a "my home", unlike the way there's a need for such a thing today; but if you want to freak people out, tell them that they won't have a "my home". I myself have no desire to freak people out, so I wouldn't say such a thing to them.
This is hilarious. Because everything you said before this final sentence implied that individualists are very irrational and do not respect honesty. That's why they would feel uncomfortable and disturbed as we...tell the truth about what would happen in an RBE....A reasonable pro-individualist person can understand reality very well and would respect honesty.
If we're going to make compromises every time we make a person uncomfortable or angry...then I honestly have no idea what the hell we're trying to accomplish, because we're going to make millions of people very scared and very angry. An RBE holds damn near every aspect of our current society in contempt. We're threatening the definitions of reality which have governed the lives of billions of people. So yes, very many people are going to be angry at us.
But instead of cowering away from this, we should stand up and realize that our message is getting across to these people if they feel threatened by it. It's a mark of progress.