Pinkos and the brain

Unfairness is hard to accept, and hard to correct, but luckily for your peace of mind, the human brain has a work-around. It’s called the “just world hypothesis”: a tendency to build retrospective narratives that justify inequality. As Oliver Burkeman explains, “The just world hypothesis sees suffering and concludes that people who suffer must be the kind of people we disdain.”

Over the course of the New Labour government, UK politics engaged in what I think can be called a mass justifying project – one that has been continued, refined and consolidated in the policies of the Conservative/Lib Dem coalition. Continue reading