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Has Mitt Romney Run a Lousy Campaign? – Molly Ball – Politics – The Atlantic

In politics on March 15, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Rather than blame the candidate’s weaknesses or his religion a more serious analysis aims for the campaign strategists and the political managers:

“It’s clear they have some amazing blind spots,” the adviser said. “They don’t understand the flaws of their candidate and how damaging this class stuff is. They’re just not self-aware at all.” The adviser pointed to the way Romney’s taxes were released — hasty, sloppy and reactive, on an issue that should have been easy to foresee.

Romney the data-driven management consultant has surrounded himself with people who share his businesslike world view — without a grander understanding of political leadership. As a result, they are oblivious to his liabilities. “They always seem stunned when something comes out about him,” the adviser said. “It’s always the same things they get surprised by.”

via Has Mitt Romney Run a Lousy Campaign? – Molly Ball – Politics – The Atlantic.


Why People Are Irrational about Politics

In politics on March 12, 2012 at 10:26 pm

The problem of political irrationality is the greatest social problem humanity faces. It is a greater problem than crime, drug addiction, or even world poverty, because it is a problem that prevents us from solving other problems. Before we can solve the problem of poverty, we must first have correct beliefs about poverty, about what causes it, what reduces it, and what the side effects of alternative policies are. If our beliefs about those things are being guided by the social group we want to fit into, the self-image we want to maintain, the desire to avoid admitting to having been wrong in the past, and so on, then it would be pure accident if enough of us were to actually form correct beliefs to solve the problem. Analogy: suppose your doctor, after diagnosing your illness, picks a medical procedure to perform on you from a hat. You would be lucky if the procedure chosen didn’t worsen your condition.

What can we do about the problem?

via Why People Are Irrational about Politics.

The solutions aren’t airtight but this is an important problem that is aptly discussed by the philosopher Michael Huemer. �Don’t miss his TEDxMile High presentation.



via Why People Are Irrational about Politics.

Author Pico Iyer: Seeking Stillness and Silence in the Rush of Business Life – Knowledge@Wharton

In tech on March 12, 2012 at 9:35 pm

A fresh take on globalization, interconnected traffic, and “stillness’ from a remarkable writer:

I think the fear of being disconnected quickly translates into an inability to see things in the long term. I think it’s like the difference between being stuck in traffic when the radio’s blasting and people are shouting and people are riding their horns. And then if you just step out of your car and climb a hill next to the freeway, within about three minutes you can instantly see the larger picture in every sense. You can breathe and you can decide exactly how you want to respond to it. But so long as you’re in the middle of it, you’re in the midst of the trees and can’t begin to see the woods.

via Author Pico Iyer: Seeking Stillness and Silence in the Rush of Business Life – Knowledge@Wharton.