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HAVE YOU BEEN BRAINWASHED?
IDEOLOGY AND ETHICS SURVEY


1.

Should a country or large business err on the side of centralization or decentralization?
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(- 5) A strong centralization
. . . .viewpoint:
 


.(+5) A strong decentralization
. . . . .viewpoint:
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Greater decision-making speed and  
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.Decision nodes usually closer to
secrecy when leadership consolidated     unfolding action and reality
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More structure to enforce common  
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Greater innovativeness and individual
standards across a larger group  
liberty. Greater exit options at grass roots
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Greater chances for economies of  
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Usually smaller, simpler, and more
  scale, size may help military defense     transparent, greater focus on basic tasks
 
   
 
sample arguments on both sides of this issue
 
   


2.

How strong is the genetic influence in shaping human behavior compared to environmental influences (or learning factors)?
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(- 5) A strong environmental
. . . .viewpoint:
 


.(+5) A strong genetic
. . . . .viewpoint:
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Humans are blank slates with nearly  
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Intelligence is 60-80% genetic, most
unlimited ability to learn and improve     temperamental traits around 50%
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All men can learn to share in ways  
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Even subtle innate differences are crucial
that avoid destructive competition  
in long term inter-group competition
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Ignoring genetic differences is a key to  
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Genetic differences can never be elimin-
  peace and social harmony     ated, therefore wise not to ignore them
       
 
sample arguments on both sides of this issue
 
   

 


3.

As people rise in power how are they entitled to change the character of the morality that they practice?
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(- 5) One perspective on an
. . . .ethical issue:
 


.(+5) An opposing perspective on the
. . . . .same ethical issue:
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In the long run, moral consequences  
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As people gain in power, they enter an
are the same for everyone     increasingly utilitarian world of realpolitik
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Leaders should be held to higher stan-  
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Leaders powerful enough to create laws
dards of integrity, not less  
are wise enough to rise above the law
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Unrestrained leaders must be openly  
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Criticizing our leaders gives propaganda
  criticized and even impeached     to enemies who are even more immoral
 
   
 
sample arguments on both sides of this issue
 
   

 

4.

What is the ultimate long term score card for measuring the worth of a society?
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(- 5) A strong genetic
. . . .viewpoint:
 


.(+5) A strong environmental
. . . . .viewpoint:
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Innately productive people must out-  
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Ignores reproductive rates in favor of "so-
breed innately dysfunctional people     cial justice" and "equality" for everyone
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Preserving cultural integrity a key to  
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Culture has improved by borrowing the
preserving racial integrity  
best ideas of all peoples around the world
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Preserving genetic quality key long  
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A culture is superior if it can be exported
  term factor behind dynamic culture     and successfully perpetrated by anyone
 
   
 
sample arguments on both sides of this issue
 
   

 

5.

How much power should we give strong and charismatic political leaders?
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(- 5) A strong decentralization
. . . .viewpoint:
 


.(+5) A strong centralization
. . . . .viewpoint:
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Never let empowerment at the bottom  
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Realistically, to get things done, leaders
atrophy by giving it up to the top     need to be empowered "people pushers"
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All trends in the direction of absolute  
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Long run success depends on the emer-
power also help corrupt absolutely  
gence of strong leaders to handle crises
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The real test of a leader is his ability  
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Really good leaders are so rare that they
  to be survived by his subordinates     must be treated as if irreplaceable
 
   
 
sample arguments on both sides of this issue
 
   

 

6.

How should we justify an increased use of deception in high-level business and political affairs?
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(- 5) One perspective on an
.
. . ..ethical issue:
 


.(+5) An opposing perspective on
.
. . .. the same ethical issue:
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Savvy people learn how to bluff and  
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Technology, education and other vital a-
play poker with other peoples' lives     reas must err towards honesty to advance
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People who are gullible enough to fall  
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Lies are hard to retract, and become very
for lies get what they deserve  
dangerous as they build on each other
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People show their superiority by get-  
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People show superiority by holding to
  ting others to swallow their lies     a code of truth, honor, and integrity
 
   
 
sample arguments on both sides of this issue
 
   






 

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