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I’m sure you realize that expectations are not objective evidence.
That doesn't mean that it isn't useful to be explicit about expectation.
If I am explicetly about my expectations and you disagree with the expectation we can specify how we disagree. If we are specific about how our expectations differ that allows the issue to be settled with evidence.

When you are not specific with expecations you are more likely to have beliefs because of your own tribal affiliations.
We have a natural tendency to think the worst of our political enemies.
I think you model me very wrong if you think that I'm a Democrat and thus Republicans would be my political enemies.

I might remind me that you wanted to label me as right-wing for my description about the situation in South Africa. In this discussion I don't think it's a huge problem that Trump could Mexicans rapists.

I don't care strongly about the political question of immgration between the US and Mexico. I care strongly about the political question of valuing scientific pluralism. You could say that someone who opposes scientific pluralism is a political enemy of me.
When Theranos lobbies for patients rights to their own informations, you could call them a political ally for me while I don't care that much what Elizabeth Holmes think of the border between US and Mexico.

The US would likely profit from giving every decent programmer who wants to relocate to Silicon Valley a greencard. One decent programmer at our local LW meetup in Berlin would be in the US if he would have gotten a greencard. But there are advantages to not all good programmers being focused in Silicon Valley for other countries. From my perspective it's not that bad that we have more good programmers in Berlin because the US limits immigration.






you wanted to label me as right-wing for my description about the situation in South Africa

I certainly did not intend to label you as right-wing. All my comment was meant to say is that your views do not perfectly fit the left-wing box as you broke what is essentially a taboo for the U.S. left. I actually consider it as sign of an open mind when people are willing to disagree with their own ideological camp.
I think you model me very wrong if you think that I'm a Democrat and thus Republicans would be my political enemies.

I was partly relying on your self-description:
“I'm left of center in Berlin.”
“If I could vote in the US I would rather vote for a Democrat then voting for a Republican. That's the most common way to distinguish someone who's left-wing from someone who's right-wing.”
That doesn't mean that it isn't useful to be explicit about expectation.

Being explicit about expectations may be useful, but a person who wishes to know an objective truth must be very careful to separate expectations from the actual evidence. Without objective evidence that Republicans are on average more xenophobic than Democrats, how can you be sure that your expectations are not guided by your political sympathies?
The US would likely profit from giving every decent programmer who wants to relocate to Silicon Valley a greencard.

I agree. The problem in the U.S. is that if a politician said “we should get more Indian programmers and less manual laborers from Mexico” he would be accused of being racist and anti-poor. Mainstream Republicans want to avoid such accusations so instead they talk about “securing our borders”.
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