A recent article by Andrew Leonard titled “Why do liberals hate freedom so much” caught my attention. (http://www.salon.com/technology/how_the_world_works/2011/06/15/why_do_liberals_hate_freedom) It’s an interesting discussion focusing on a document recently published by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University: “Freedom in the 50 States: An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom.” As one might expect from the Koch … More Index of Personal Freedom – when good statistics go bad.
People formulate opinions based on either emotion or reason. It might be helpful to use the following terms to describe the phenomenon of emotion superseding reason in the process of formulating opinions. Emotagogue (‘imoʊtəgɒg): A leader who exploits the tendency for people to embrace arguments and formulate opinions based on emotions rather than on facts … More Emotagogues, emotagogery and emotaticians