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The Truth About DenialBias and Self-Deception in Science, Politics, and Religion$
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Adrian Bardon

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190062262

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190062262.001.0001

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Pride, Prejudice, and Political Economy

Pride, Prejudice, and Political Economy

(p.127) 3 Pride, Prejudice, and Political Economy
The Truth About Denial

Adrian Bardon

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the denialist roots of laissez-faire economic conservatism and “trickle-down” economics. It presents evidence that conservative denial in political economics is sustained by racism and classism. It also discusses the philosophical incoherence of right-wing libertarianism and explains how racism has played a historical role in libertarianism as well. Much of the sincere absurdity in political economy stems from the fundamental attribution error, a common bias wherein the failures of other individuals (and social identity groups) are attributed to aspects of character; one’s own problems are the result of uncontrollable circumstance. Another major factor in the perpetuation of inequality is status anxiety among racial and economic groups.

Keywords:   politics, economics, conservatism, political economy, prejudice, fundamental attribution error, racism, classism, libertarianism

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