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Reductio Ad Absurdium?

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Posted by Mikey Pearson on September 10, 2003 16:24:48 UTC

Yes, defending the group is good.
Who is not defending one group or another?
This reminds me of an exchange with Bruce Brower's article "The Return of the Group" wherein a case was made that sociobiology shows
the group is important to individual survival.
However, details such as "the usual political and economic problems" were not treated. Some
expect us to behave almost as if we are colony
organisms at the bottom of the sea or members of
a baboon pack. But there is not as much reciprocity by the group for individual loyalty in a baboon pack as there is in a well-functioning human economic community.
A poorly-functioning human economic community
may at times be led by cranks, who might use this concept wrongly -- citing "the group" as a reason to mistreat various individuals, often for terrible reasons.
What say you? Do you have any specific situations in mind?

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