@DeanBaker13 @NateSilver538 @MattZeitlin @mattyglesias IMO it's backwards. Manjoo knows all of this perfectly well. It's that his choice of believed (or considered) facts is made in order to justify the desired behavior.

It's motivated reasoning allll the way down, on all sides, by all intelligences, without cease.
@DeanBaker13 @NateSilver538 @MattZeitlin @mattyglesias It's also vaguely sociopathic, which does imply that maybe Homo Economicus is more apt than we were ever willing to admit.

If the externality doesn't affect them, does it really exist to them? Or do they just select whichever facts and reasons they need to block it out?
@DeanBaker13 @NateSilver538 @MattZeitlin @mattyglesias On the other hand, this also could be used by old-line conservatives as proof that humans are inherently selfish and evil creatures that need to be held in check by force.

It's almost a blessing that American conservatism is a confused mess in that respect.

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