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I am just speculating here, but I also wonder if a problem that left ideas have is that right ideas are just simpler and more intuitive, though wrong.

People get what they deserve, so rich people must be good and poro people must be bad.

Foreigners are obviously different to us, and are probably up to no good.

Government can't spend more than it earns, just like the rest of us.

Those are all simple, and what a fantastic world it would be if there were any merit to them. But explaining why the intuitively obvious is wrong require a second mental step, and that little bit of extra effot is just too much for too many people.

Sure, life experience can disabuse you of some of these notions quickly enough, but the modern welfare state has done a pretty good job of sanding down the rough edges of life for a lot of people, so that even a fair number of those marginally above poverty can keep their pristine just-world innocence well into adulthood.

But what do I know. Nothing. That is what I know.

by Zwackus on Wed Mar 1st, 2017 at 12:21:30 AM EST
That's pretty much my theory. Selfishness is easier to sell in sound bites.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Mar 1st, 2017 at 06:57:49 AM EST
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And especially if buying it makes you feel good about yourself.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Mar 3rd, 2017 at 04:39:11 AM EST
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As Demosthenes put it, "Nothing is easier than self-deceit.  For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true."
by rifek on Tue Mar 7th, 2017 at 02:26:42 PM EST
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And this is from other prominent Greek:

The hidden lesson is that being useful or arousing "good" emotions is no less important than being truthful. In fact, was truthfulness ever the highest sociobiological value?

Somewhere I brought up a recent Japanese citation within the same context.

by das monde on Wed Mar 8th, 2017 at 12:18:14 PM EST
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No, deceit has always had more value.  That may be the real point behind the story of Cassandra.
by rifek on Wed Mar 8th, 2017 at 02:21:26 PM EST
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