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Once upon a time on Ricochet, I argued, repeatedly, in the words of Heinlein, “Man is not a rational animal. Man is a rationalizing animal.” I have pointed out countless times that people are governed more by their fears and insecurities than by their hopes and ambitions. Every time, I ran into staunch opposition, especially from self-described rational people.
This post is just to jump and down and scream, “See! I Wuz Right!” I think the events of the past few months have illustrated both of these primary points better than a thousand articles could have done. There are now countless posts and comments on this site (and everywhere, really), arguing that while precaution X, Y and Z may not make sense, we have to accept that the terrifying unknown trumps all logical argument.
“We do not know!” or “What about all the long term uncertainty?” or “There is no immunity!” is the same technique that the left has done for years. It is the same sleight of hand as proclaiming, “I am offended” to shut others down. Almost nobody is offering Expected Value computations or comparisons between all the upsides and downsides. Lacking that kind of matrix clarity, it is no wonder that everyone who wants to be afraid feels fully justified in spreading the joy.
At this point, WuFlu argumentation makes debates about SSM and Donald Trump seem fresh and interesting.Published in