Are we victims of our own political ideology?In preparation for our discussion this Sunday, you might want to go to the web page of Pat Duffy Hutcheon athttp://patduffyhutcheon.com/A past leader of Humanism in Canada, and look at her article “Beyond Right and Left: A Humanist Approach to Politics”. Here is the first paragraph of her article:
“Do humanists have anything distinctive to offer where politics is concerned? Judging from our past record, it would seem not. In general, our movement has tended toward a strong social libertarian bias within a somewhat dogmatic left-wing stance. It is a dogmatism that does not serve us well, for politics is about nothing less than the process of determining social and economic objectives for society as a whole, as well as workable means of achieving these. In the realm of politics humankind is inevitably operating on the basis of too little firm knowledge of the probable results of policy decisions, along with a surfeit of contradictory information and opinion as to effective means for accomplishing desired ends. Surely the scientific inquiry method is a more appropriate approach to politics for humanists than is the kind of ideological certainty that we have long since renounced in philosophy!”
Looking forward to a lively discussion and sharing of insights, Conrad.
All are welcome to attend. After about half an hour of coffee, tea, and socializing, we discuss topics of interest to our members. Keep up to date with our current topics at http://bchumanist.ca
The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and many of our members are not on Meetup. We have a regular attendance of about 30 people at our Sunday meetings (rather than the small number who RSVP on Meetup).
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