Why Good People, Including Politicians, Give Into Strongmen & Support Blatant Lies

The American system of government relies on those in Congress, the President, the Courts, the military and the media to take often difficult principled stands.

When people are elected or appointed to positions of power they know this to be true and expect to make difficult decisions, so why do they so often give into to aggressors?  It turns out that this is just human nature.

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This is a fascinating look into human physche in which Fareed Zakaria describes Ann Applebaum’s recent The Atlantic article “History Will Judge the Complicit”. She references Czeslaw Milosz’s book “The Captive Mind” to explain that dissent causes many internal conflicts while agreement (collaboration) is a breath of fresh air that makes life so much easier.

 

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