Monday, December 26, 2022

The zero-sum fallacy explains political orientation

Thomas Sowell noted that the same people often take different sides of seemingly unrelated issues. The zero-sum fallacy--that if one person gains, someone else must lose--may explain this:
[those] who view the world in more zero-sum terms tend to support policies that redistribute income from the rich to the poor ... This includes redistributive policies like taxation, universal healthcare, and affirmative action for women and African-Americans. . thinking is associated with preferences for liberal economic policies in general and with stronger political alignment with the Democratic Party

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