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False consciousness alert!

- June 22, 2012

We’ve been bashing Thomas Frank a bit recently, so maybe it’s time for a reminder that this whole “people are voting against their interests” line is not restricted to any particular political party. Here’s Niall Ferguson writing for the BBC:

It is surprisingly easy to win the support of young voters for policies that would ultimately make matters even worse for them, like maintaining defined benefit pensions for public employees.

If young Americans knew what was good for them, they would all be in the Tea Party.

I envision an exciting lecture tour with Frank and Ferguson. Maybe some enterprising speakers bureau could combine them into a convenient discount package?

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