I often rail against Social Desirability Bias, our all-too-human tendency to lie when the truth sounds bad. Critics occasionally treat my railing as thinly-veiled ideology: I dismiss non-libertarian rhetoric as “mere Social Desirability Bias,” while treating libertarian rhetoric as objective truth. To clear the air, then, let me bluntly state that most libertarian rhetoric is […]
Like Sullivan, I am well-aware aware that human beings routinely claim to place supreme value on culture, identity, community, and so on. Unlike Sullivan, however, I refuse to take such hyperbolic claims at face value. Actions really do speak louder than words. And the vast majority of people who claim to place supreme value on culture, identity, or community show otherwise with their deeds.
Suppose you’re very power-hungry. Do you want people to think they’re able to fix their own problems? Of course not. If individuals can help themselves by doing a good job, learning new skills, making friends, and keeping their eyes peeled, what do they need you for?
When regulation is out of control, deregulation is the obvious remedy. And discrimination law really is out of control.
Every five years or so, the United States has a major societal-wide crusade. Sometimes there’s a shocking event. Other times, there’s an ongoing evil. Either way, all Americans are supposed to join forces and take decisive action to win the crusade. And even if you can’t personally do anything, you’re supposed to get very angry.
Relative to your expectations, how well did government respond to COVID? How about regular people? How about business?
I hate Communism. I consider Communists to be the moral approximates of Nazis. I might talk to a youthful Communist, but after the excuse of youth passes, I deem Communists beyond redemption. Even so, if George Mason University adopted an official Anti-Communist policy, I would oppose it.
The reason leaders of bad organization do so much evil is not that they couldn’t do good if they wanted to. It’s that people who rise to the top of bad organizations are usually bad themselves.
Whenever I want a clear-cut example of latter-day racial discrimination, I point to elite universities’ treatment of Asians. As far as I’m concerned, the evidence is overwhelming. The denials are not only motivated reasoning, but desperate motivated reasoning. Still, this leaves me with a puzzle. Do I really think that elite admissions officers wake up […]
Now that we correctly understand Hsieh-Moretti’s results, let’s put them in context.