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I've lost count of the number of times I've heard people - wrongly - say that socialist aspirations are foolish because they require moral purity from all people.

This is a flaw, they say, because even if most people act morally, not all will.
This critique is flawed for a range of reasons... but there is a point that should be considered:

Any policy, any political issue, is never down to individual morality. If you think it is, then you're obscuring the issue, and your solutions won't work.
If you look at people's failure to distance or propensity to panic buy in response to #COVID19Aus and present that problem as an issue with individual morals, you have a problem with no solution.

And you're ensuring you won't understand the problem to begin with.
There's an idea in social psych called the "fundamental attribution error". It's the way we view the mistakes or misdeeds of others as product of moral flaws.

We attribute our own flaws to real causal factors in our lives.

We allow ourselves complexity, we deny it to others.
For this reason, it's entirely logical that there are plenty of people out there who rage at "panic buyers" while themselves panic buying.

No one thinks they're the bad guys.

That's not only normal, it's expected.
Which is not to say "don't do this because if you do you're a bad person" isn't something that should be said. It should.

But "this is happening because of bad people" is a terrible way to look at panic buying as a phenomenon.
If you want to understand panic buying, look to the name and ask better questions.

"What is it about COVID-19 that demands purchasing as a response?"
"What is it about collective understandings of COVID-19 that induces panic?"

How we answer those questions is important.
My religious teacher would repeat a saying often: "if you aspire to be a Sufi, then be as easy on others as you are harsh with yourself (regarding sin)".

It's oft cited as the sign a relationship will last: both partners avoid the fundamental attribution error with each other.
Left wing politics, to my mind as an ideal, aim to get rid of the fundamental attribution error: they aim to see all others as people like ourselves, in context.

Right wing politics aims to condense all things, even themselves, to the fundamental attribution error.
All that said I get the anger at it. At the selfishness. At the greed. At the scarcity.

But for me I look to the causes of it, and it's much more than just individual moral failings.

It's much much more.
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