Friday, September 2, 2011

The Voight-Kampff Empathy Test

I truly think it would be advantageous if members of Congress could be required to take the Voight-Kampff Empathy Test.  Used to find replicants in Bladerunner, sure, but I think a corollary theory would be to see if a polarized Democrat, Republican, Libertarian Extremist, or self-contradictory-and-often-hypocritical Tea Bagger has any empathy for anyone who is not in their party, not to their farther left, or farther right.

I have a theory that the United States 2-party system is no so radially polarized that it is paralyzed and incapable of governance.  It's been hijacked by petulant, obstinate, fundamentalists who refuse to discuss a compromise.  Being able to weed out those from office who are incapable of empathy would be very handy.  Elections aren't going to do it - not with primal polarization of the extremes combined with decades of gerrymandering to ensure such extremes.

Ridley Scott, David Webb Peoples and Hampton Fancher I think were on to something, way back in 1982.  I wonder if anyone has filed a patent on the Voight-Kampff?

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