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Truth and Consequences: Some Economics of False Consciousness
By Donald J. Boudreaux
Eric Crampton

This article appeared in the Summer 2003 issue of The Independent Review


“False consciousness” is a term favored by the left as a label for people’s systematic failure to understand adequately and respond to social reality. Contrary to the left, the theory of false consciousness explains very little about individuals’ everyday decision-making, but it does shed light on the opinions of voters at the ballot box and academics as social critics.

Other Independent Review articles by Donald J. Boudreaux
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Volume 8 Number 1
Summer 2003

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