saveliberty Posted February 22, 2012 Share Posted February 22, 2012 Wall Street Journal: BEST OF THE WEB TODAY FEBRUARY 21, 2012 Mystification and Triumphalism Why the left can't handle the truth about social conservatism. By JAMES TARANTO Social liberals have two basic approaches to social conservatism: mystification and triumphalism. Both reflect not a failure of understanding--but more than that, an incapacity to understand, a will to ignorance that is best understood as a psychological defense. For an example of mystification, let's look at a recent column by former Enron adviser Paul Krugman. He ponders the question of why Republican states tend to have higher levels of government dependency--as measured by the percentage of aggregate personal income that comes from transfer payments--than Democratic ones. One possibility he doesn't consider is that the measure is flawed--that there are more and richer rich people in blue states like California, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, skewing the percentage downward. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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