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I think I understand your point/question better. Why is the right so much better at the simplistic talking points that the public craves in a complex and uncertain world? Maybe because the failure of the simplistic left (the communists) is more recent than that of the simplistic right (the fascists) and we remember is more clearly?

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue Nov 1st, 2005 at 01:37:06 PM EST
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I don't think it can be reduced to that, but I do think that people will go for crappy answers if those are the only ones. The California property tax disaster is the simple and clear case in point.
by citizen k (sansracine yahoo.fr) on Tue Nov 1st, 2005 at 08:29:29 PM EST
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One thing that Ralph Nader has complained about is that the public will study sports statistics ad nauseam, but if you try to make a moderately involved argument about policy their head starts to spin.

It's a matter of mental blocks, and the fact that people educate themselves (and are educated by the media) on sports statistics but not on economic statistics.

The crappy, simplistic argument always wins if you submit policy to a popular vote, unfortunately. I have no idea how you would change that - you cannot force people to educate themselves.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 3rd, 2005 at 08:11:00 AM EST
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