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Social engineering

August 2, 2018

The Modeling Religion Project concludes that there are four factors that determine secularization in a society:

the team found that people tend to secularize when four factors are present: existential security (you have enough money and food), personal freedom (you’re free to choose whether to believe or not), pluralism (you have a welcoming attitude to diversity), and education (you’ve got some training in the sciences and humanities). If even one of these factors is absent, the whole secularization process slows down. This, they believe, is why the U.S. is secularizing at a slower rate than Western and Northern Europe.

I suspect the model has more restricted domain than they realize, so there are other factors not surfaced. It nonetheless may be valid for the societies that interest us, to wit, present ones.

That article worries that such projects may be viewed and damned as social engineering. The simple truth, of course, is that every political engagement is an exercise in social engineering. Bannon wants to spread his style of fascism to Europe. That is social engineering. Ugly, not because it is social engineering, but because the ideology advanced is brutal.

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