Protests From Out of Nowhere

(Richard Fernandez – PJ Media) After months of uninterrupted growth in state power, what we are now witnessing in the disputes rocking the Australian Open, Spotify, Marvel and the trucking world are spontaneous meeting engagements in the culture wars. It’s like a chain reaction of angry people setting off other angry people. The singular thing about this development is that it would have been impossible six months ago. A psychological barrier has been breached and a taboo has fallen. The potential of this to create a cascade is considerable.

Most people psychologically want to get along, especially nonpoliticals, unless grievance passes a threshold. People are reluctant to complain about bad food in a diner but once it starts, if the grub stinks, a chorus soon erupts. The name for this phenomenon is preference falsification. According to the economist Timur Kuran, it is the act of misrepresenting one’s wants to avoid giving offense. We lie to preserve the peace until we can lie no longer. “A common effect of preference falsification is the preservation of widely disliked structures. Another is the conferment of an aura of stability on structures vulnerable to sudden collapse.” View article →


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