We are irrational and act irrationally most of the time. The sooner we get used to this, the sooner we begin to address our political problems and other issues facing us in the 21st century
By Robert A. Vella
I hear it everyday. People all over the world are expressing shock and disbelief over the rise of dangerous political extremism, especially the far-right variety, in the U.S., across Europe, and now even in Brazil. That so many people still don’t understand, or simply cannot accept, the fundamental reasons why this is happening may be the biggest problem of all – for this collective ignorance and denial provides the social cover necessary for extremist movements to flourish.
If you’re looking for overly-simplistic answers (e.g. good versus evil) which can conform to your particular worldview, then you’ll be disappointed with this post. If you are committed to the cold, hard truth, then this post provides some resources and perspectives which might be helpful. Although I’ve been discussing the issue of rising political populism and extremism on this blog for several years, I’ll try to keep my…
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