Monday, February 01, 2010

Triumph of fear over reason

Credit to the blog Just JoeP (a non-political blog...who knew such crazy things existed? :)) ) for the heads-up on this article...

From the BBC -
Last year, in a series of "town-hall meetings" across the country, Americans got the chance to debate President Obama's proposed healthcare reforms.

What happened was an explosion of rage and barely suppressed violence.

Polling evidence suggests that the numbers who think the reforms go too far are nearly matched by those who think they do not go far enough.

But it is striking that the people who most dislike the whole idea of healthcare reform - the ones who think it is socialist, godless, a step on the road to a police state - are often the ones it seems designed to help.

The article goes on to examine the tendency of many (OK, "too many") American voters to place a higher value on politicians who tell simple (even simplistic) stories than on those who understand policy and facts, and how Republicans have taken advantage of the tendency, and not just in the debate over health care reform.

The article is an interesting one. I recommend reading it when you have a chance.

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