Liberal reasoning

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Liberal reasoning is frequently irrational and biased. In his article "Why People Are Irrational About Politics" Michael Huemer writes...

People's political beliefs tend to correlate strongly with their race, sex, socioeconomic status, occupation, and personality traits. Members of minorities are much more likely to support affirmative action than white men are. The poor are much more likely than the rich to believe in wealth-redistribution (welfare, etc.) Members of the entertainment industry are much more likely to be liberal than conservative. And so on. None of these trends would be expected if political beliefs had a solely, or even primarily, cognitive origin. The fact that the ‘mistakes’ people make about politics tend very often to be in the direction favorable to the interests of the social group with whom they identify suggests that bias, rather than mere miscalculation, plays a major role.[1]

References

  1. Why People Are Irrational about Politics
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