F0ul Thoughts

Mild mannered on the outside, Free thinker on the inside

How biased are the unbiased?

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I was reading a post by a young lad who’s tweets I read about a protest he’s visited. The more I read, the more I realised what a raging socialist the lad was – and he didn’t seem to realise it! OK, so its unfair to highlight the naivety of an 18 year old, but its a good example of my point.

In an ideological sense, its impossible to be unbiased.  Everyone is biased in some way.  It comes down tot eh way we are taught as kids.  The concept of right and wrong is a biased viewpoint, so what hope do you have for an unbiased viewpoint! 🙂

However, that is an extreme example.  The practicality is that to be unbiased, you need to demonstrate an equal balance from both sides of a fence.  That is where the problems start.  What if you don’t know how much on one side of the fence you really are?

If you are a socialist, and agree with the idea that everyone should be treated equally, regardless of ability, then how do you view a subject matter that demonstrates the folly of socialism?  How do you view the destructive nature of strikes?

On the other hand, what if you were an unconfirmed racist? How do you view economic migrants? Do you just see the colour of their skins, or do you see the benefot they are brining into the country?  On the other hand, if you see the damage they cause to the home market, does it get blamed on your racist views?

There is nothing wrong with being bias – as long as its declared.

Me? I hate people who are bigoted. This can include socialists, religious and one issue extremists, anyone who is anti anything or want others to change their behaviour.

That is where you know where you stand with open minded people – at least they know they are biased!



Written by f0ul

November 6, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Posted in politics

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