The Voluntary Life: 261 Thinking Rationally Part 7: The Irrationality Of Politics

11 September 2016

261 Thinking Rationally Part 7: The Irrationality Of Politics


Politics brings out the worst in people. As the economist Joseph Schumpeter put it,
"The typical citizen drops down to a lower level of mental performance as soon as he enters the political field. He argues and analyzes in a way which he would readily recognize as infantile within the sphere of his real interests. He becomes a primitive again."
This week's episode is about the problem of political irrationality. Why are political beliefs so irrational? How does this affect your life? Listen to the episode to find out more!

Show Notes:
Listen To Episode 261



1 comment:

  1. This was a good show. You've put into words something that I always find difficult to articulate.

    I feel like saying things like

    - 'No, I don't vote'
    - 'Democracy isn't all that great'
    - 'It won't change anything'

    always comes off sounding a bit like teenager logic, despite me having thought about the intricacies of politics in far more depth than whomever I happen to be having a discussion with at the time.

    Next time I end up on the sharp end of somebody's best political debating, I'll direct them to this episode to summarise why I don't want to argue with them.

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