We Create Our Own Reality

Conservatives like Andrew Sullivan’s emailer never seem to be too concerned with facts.  They tend to dismiss policy proposals, such as expanding the number of Americans with health insurance, as embodying “collectivist strands” without considering the likely results of the proposal.

In a world with a collective action problem, multiple equilibria, and a whole bunch of countries that have a better, more cost-efficient means of insuring their citizens, it sure seems worth taking a look at these proposals rather than merely rejecting them out of hand.

But hey, I’m just a conservative empiricist, so I don’t really have anything in common with Republicans.


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