Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Krugman on Stupidity of the Right vs. Stupidity of the Left

It's not considered good form on a blog that's meant to have a relatively wide scope to have two posts in a row that are very similar (unless it's done deliberately as part of a series), but hey, Krugman is good.

People understand the world in ways that suit their tribal identities: in controlled experiments both conservatives and liberals systematically misread facts in a way that confirms their biases. And more information doesn’t help: people screen out or discount facts that don’t fit their worldview. Politics, as he says, makes us stupid.

But here’s the thing: the lived experience is that this effect is not, in fact, symmetric between liberals and conservatives.

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