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Persuasion versus Coercion | Progressive Humanism

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Nadia Uddin Nadia Uddin
4 years ago
The Komen philanthropic organization cancelled its funding for Planned Parenthood’s breast cancer research because of disapproval of other PP activities supporting abortion. Public disapproval forced Komen to retract. The underlying question was whether Komen was justified by its ethical aversion to abortion in using the power of its purse indirectly to restrict PP activities in that field. Was this a back-door form of coercion, forcing a certain number of pregnant females to forego the abortion option, or a legitimate expression of Komen’s ethical stance on abortion?
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Coercion (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

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Nadia Uddin Nadia Uddin
4 years ago
A brief survey of a few notable thinkers suggests that coercion has commonly been understood as a use of a certain kind of power for the purpose of gaining advantages over others (including self-protection), punishing non-compliance with demands, and imposing one's will on the will of other agents.
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These public uses of coercion are thought justified because they make possible private cooperation and peaceable coexistence among people not linked by ties of affection or blood.
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Hobbes's fame as a political theorist derives at least in part from the central role he gives to coercion as a necessary part of a state's function. Noticing that many contracts require one party to perform one's obligations before the other party acts, Hobbes suggests that such first performance would be irrational if one has no means to secure the subsequent performance of one's bargaining partner.
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Critic Lee Siegel on the Late Lamented Polemic

Critic Lee Siegel on the Late Lamented Polemic

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Nadia Uddin Nadia Uddin
4 years ago
Arguments are rarely wrong. Rather, they are ethically or intellectually unfinished.
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The most successful polemic against something must also be a form of understanding the thing that you are disputing. Empathy is indispensable to a forensic drubbing. A talented polemicist should win some converts from the opposition simply by making the case that his opponent's argument isn't crazed or pernicious, just radically incomplete.
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How a Hive Mind Mentality Can Make You Capable of Anything Good, Evil, and Bizarre

How a Hive Mind Mentality Can Make You Capable of Anything Good, Evil, and Bizarre

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Nadia Uddin Nadia Uddin
4 years ago
As psychologist David G. Myers said, it is "doing together what you would not do alone."
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Stockholm Syndrome

Stockholm Syndrome

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Nadia Uddin Nadia Uddin
4 years ago
No widely accepted diagnostic criteria exist to identify Stockholm syndrome — also known as terror-bonding or traumatic bonding — and critics insist its apparent prevalence is largely a figment of the media's overactive imagination.
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No widely accepted diagnostic criteria exist to identify Stockholm syndrome — also known as terror-bonding or traumatic bonding — and critics insist its apparent prevalence is largely a figment of the media's overactive imagination.
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But as critics of Stockholm syndrome maintain, these captives were the exceptions. According to a 2007 FBI report, 73% of victims displayed no signs of such affection for their abductors. Nonetheless, crisis negotiators often actually try to encourage captor-hostage bonding by telling perpetrators about the victims' families or personal lives. Being viewed as a fellow human being, the theory goes, may be a victim's best hope for staying alive. Which means Dugard's apparent reluctance to attempt an escape may ultimately have been her ticket to freedom.
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Examining the Mob Mentality

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Nadia Uddin Nadia Uddin
4 years ago
When people are part of a group, they often experience deindividuation, or a loss of self-awareness. 
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The group seems to make some behaviors acceptable that would not be acceptable otherwise.
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there are some group characteristics that increase the likelihood of violence, such as group size and physical anonymity. 
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we are all susceptible to participating in some group behavior, but researchers have found that certain situations and personality characteristics play a role.
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Obediency and group mentality | Serendip Studio

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Nadia Uddin Nadia Uddin
4 years ago
a solid majority of people are subject to the power of authority
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there is something biological about the brain that causes it to listen to authority and conform to stereotyped roles.
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Recent studies suggest that computer models can predict mob behavior, using a mathematical equation.
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Hitler’s Guide to Propaganda – The Psychology of Coercion | Brain Blogger

Hitler’s Guide to Propaganda – The Psychology of Coercion | Brain Blogger

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Nadia Uddin Nadia Uddin
4 years ago
The larger the group, the easier it was to coerce.
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The first thing he would do is point out the commonality of the people gathered in the crowd so that he could instantly unify the group. The next step would be to identify a threat to that commonality to put the group on edge, and stir up the emotions of fear and anger. The third and most important step was to invoke a higher power, and appoint himself as an agent of that higher power.
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One of the most notable examples would be Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His I Have a Dream speech follows this pattern almost perfectly, but to serve a very different purpose.
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