Thursday, January 6, 2011

Time Horizons

FLG has mentioned before that a sort of parallel to his time horizons theory is that liberals are more empirical and conservatives more rationalist. Today, E.J. Dionne says that the new congress is focusing too much on abstractions and principles and not enough on particulars. Tangentially, this also is a critique about focusing on the long-term instead of the short.

1 comment:

Thomas said...

I ran across a Mike Konczal post that gave me some context for your time horizons theory. Edward Banfield's diagnosis of "present orientedness" as a cause of criminal behavior parallels your theory.

Konczal points to Charles Karelis for a deeper exploration. Karelis refers to Bentham's ideas on happiness, but the further antecedent is Socrates in Phaedo, describing pleasure as the relief from pain.

In any case I remain skeptical of attempts to apply psychological descriptions to classes of people, whether lower or upper or liberal or conservative.

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