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© Lee Judge

Can anyone actually have this little empathy?



  1. Dan wrote:

    I was shocked when Sotomayor was criticized for suggesting that empathy should play a role in judgement. Isn’t empathy one of the key skills of a self-aware, moral individual?

    The only conceivable way in which the present-day oligarchy could rule fairly is if the upper classes exercise empathy.

    Surely this is how aristocrats like FDR were able to be authentic supporters of the lower classes while living a life essentially insulated from them?

    When did the words “empathy” and “fairness” drop off the list of values of the United States? What radicalized the US so much? Is this a hangover from the Cold War?

    Monday, April 9, 2012 at 6:27 am | Permalink
  2. ebdoug wrote:

    My feeling is that everyone should work for a living despite the fact that all the jobs are outsourced. Not the fault of the rich if they are smart enough to outsource all the jobs. Not the fault of the rich if they were born with silver spoons in their mouths, went to fancy boarding schools that their trust funds paid for. That they didn’t really have to strive to get good grades because their dad’s friends would find him a job when they got out. I use the word “him” because women are supposed to stay home, have heirs and get a nanny while they are off shopping and going to their clubs and gyms.

    Monday, April 9, 2012 at 6:37 am | Permalink
  3. TJ wrote:

    Maybe the right thought Sotomayor was talking about reading people’s minds.

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 8:54 am | Permalink