And "less tax evasion" and so on. This is just one example of how my political views changed, but it wasn't changed so much due to a change in underlying philosophy/values so much as learning new things I didn't know before.
Wow thats fascinating, i think ill have to read up a bit more on that
It's one of the most interesting things I learned. I used to just assume like you raise tax brackets and the revenue is going to increase proportionally. But the empirical data suggests that tax revenue always falls in between 15-20% of the national GDP regardless of how those income brackets are adjusted (assuming their net total doesn't fall below 15-20%).But there's also kind of a bleak view and realization for me there like maybe we can't get a group of people (talking collectively, not as individuals), like the wealthiest N%, to become more generous with policy. If we ask too much of them, they seem to just become more and more corrupt. So I'm fairly everyone across the political spectrum dislikes corruption, and reducing corruption might require that we take it easy with taxes and mandates and so forth.
So I'm fairly [certain] everyone across the political spectrum dislikes corruption [...]
I also think in terms of psychology, these sorts of things might have a rippling effect in terms of their perverse incentives in ways that make more people dishonest who might have otherwise been a lot more honest. If I use an analogy, it's like if more and more people find temptations to cheat in school and increasingly clever ways to do it and get away with it, that fairly honest student who otherwise may not have cheated can start to give in to the temptations with a realization that they might not be able to compete otherwise. Of course, the ideal scenario is to crack down on this type of corruption but here it's like it's corrupting at every level to the extent where the teachers and administrators start to become in on it.I see it kind of like that. So nowadays I tend to evaluate policies in large part trying to analyze the perverse incentives that tempt corruption, and no longer with the optimistic idea that it "may" increase corruption so much that it "will" increase corruption if there's a strong incentive there.
This was a really good read. Thank you for sharing your knowledge
Seems like good advice
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Interesting, can you expand on that?
Well I'd grown up kinda young you could say but at the same time I'd been kept in a bubble, someone was always telling me what to do and I think I found a comfort in it so my politics were very left wing authoritarian SJW.I lived with my abusive boyfriend for nearly 2 years and none of this changed until I found out I was pregnant and I ran away from him, I went through women's shelters and all that until finding myself a home At this point in my life I just remember thinking through everything a lot about "if I can't take care of myself myself how can I take care of this baby myself" and a lot about who should tell me how to raise her, what she should do etc. It was the want for her to have autonomy, protection, and freedom to do as she wished that mostly pushed me. It was a pretty quick transformation within 3 months I'd gone from full on leftist to conservative.
So true same bro
I used to be for border enforcement, then I started to feel sorry for illegals after one shared her story with me, than actually started supporting them, but I no longer do after I realized how they cheat the system and think they should be allowed to commit crimes without consequences.And I used to support abortion, but I now think it's cruel and unnecessary.
Whats changed for you?