Deception and Democracy: Convincing the Masses to Help the Rich

Einmal mehr interessante Gedanken und gute Lektüretipps vom WEA Pedagogy-Blog. Und hier erwähnt, weil die Finanzkrise mit das beste Beispiel für die These des Beitrags ist: wie die breite Öffentlichkeit manipuliert werden kann, um gegen die eigenen Interessen zu handeln bzw. zu wählen.

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There is widespread agreement on the proposition that people act according to their self-interest. Marx went further to suggest that people subscribe to ideologies conforming to their class interests. For example, agricultural laborers would believe in land reforms, while big landlords would believe that small farms are inefficient. Gradually the weight of strong empirical evidence has led me to understanding that this proposition is false. Large segments of the population can be brought to believe in, and act according to, ideologies extremely harmful to their self interest. As Dani Rodrik has written in How the Rich Rule, political scientists Gilens & Page found that on issues where there was a conflict between the interest of the elite and that of the public, Congress voted in favor of the elite and against the public interest. In the past, the elites have enforced their interests by the use of…

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About Barbara Bohr

I teach communication and project management at a technical college. My Interests are: Text analysis, (financial) innovation for the common good.

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