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  •  I'd say it's much more scarce on the left (0+ / 0-)

    It's pretty much a mandatory view for the non-elites involved with organisations equivalent to Daily Kos on the right.

    But yes, the idea that truth originates in opinion or some kind of personal essence (perhaps "authenticity") is appealing to a certain kind of person independent of their political affiliation.

    As far as I know, that's the main emotional driver for anti-academic beliefs, though certain kinds of corruption-- amongst economists, or in the systems of medical trials, for instance-- helps sustain them.

    There's also the egotistical aspect: if I can't know it or don't know it, it's not worth knowing. I see that amongst pretentious middle management commercial types a lot, explicitly and implicitly (usually with talk about "the real world"), but I don't think it's the main cause.

    •  Really? (0+ / 0-)

      Then why such prominent leftist movements like the anti-vaccine crowd, people who believe that fluoridated water is contaminated and deadly to people, among others.

      23 Burkean Post Modern Gay Democrat; NM-2 (Raised), TX-20 (B.A. & M.A. in Political Science), TX-17 (Home); 08/12 PVIs

      by wwmiv on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 07:15:59 AM PDT

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