This conversation reminds me of the firestorm Tucker Carlson started on the right a few weeks back.
This might belong in the general politics thread, but I think it's well worth the read.We have firebrand conservatives starting ot wonder aloud if personal responsibility is that simple.If, perhaps, societal factors influenced by public policy might be bigger factors on the virtues and actions....well that flips conservatism on it's head.
I don't think "people are responsible for their choices" is that simple.The disadvantages some people are faced with does muddle the ethics.For example, I knew a kid who went down the wrong path because he joined a gang.The "people are responsible" folks would say "Well...don't join the gang dummy!"
Except that young man lived in a household where his parents were druggies and he was in charge, at the age of 6, for caring for his younger sibling.One of those siblings died in a fire because he was making her lunch (at the age of 6!) and burned their house down.After she died, the parents were arrested, and he was left with no one and the trauma of what had happened.Are his choices as simple as "Well, he made them, he's responsible!"
I hope not.If that's your conclusion, you need to get out and see what's happening in some of parts of our country and the world.Personal responsibility is an easy catch phrase.It's also ridiculous as a catch-all when the rubber meets the road.
Edited by TheLeviathan, Today, 12:45 PM.