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Self-Regulation and Human ProgressHow Society Gains When We Govern Less$
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Evan Osborne

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780804796446

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804796446.001.0001

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Rebuilding

Rebuilding

Systemic Changes to Counter Self-Regulation’s Flaws

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(p.149) Chapter 7 Rebuilding
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Self-Regulation and Human Progress
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Evan Osborne

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804796446.003.0007

Here the analysis turns to questioning the very premises that underlie the virtues of self-regulating social systems. Macro-objections agree that individuals cannot be assumed to be able to do what is best. It is the job of political regulators to take over and facilitate the development of society. Marxist theory in particular viewed history as unfolding inevitably, and so appalling cruelties were inflicted by Marxist governments to steer the revolution forward. The eugenics revolution categorized entire groups of people as genetically inferior, frequently because of their ethnicity. Politics was used in various countries to improve society by reducing births among inferior types. Micro-objections to self-regulation described individuals as incapable of being incented to choose what self-regulation requires. In either case, it is the essential task of political regulators to replace, if not destroy, the outcomes of the choices made under self-regulation.

Keywords:   Marxism, Sigmund Freud, psychotherapy, cognitive science, behavioral economics, eugenics, racism

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