What Do People Really Want?
Timur Kurans Private Truths, Public Lies
By Loren E. Lomasky
This article appeared in the Winter 1997 issue of The Independent Review
In Private Truths, Public Lies: The Social Consequences of Preference Falsification, Timur Kuran argues that lying about ones wants under perceived social pressures is a ubiquitous and important phenomenon. Kurans theory is enhanced by a wealth of illuminating examples, especially his analyses of the abrupt collapse of Communist regimes in Eastern Europe, the centuries-long persistence of the Indian caste system, and the scarcity of open opposition to affirmative action in the United States.
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