What Do People Really Want? Timur Kuran’s 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 one’s wants under perceived social pressures is a ubiquitous and important phenomenon. Kuran’s 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.

Other Independent Review articles by Loren E. Lomasky
    Spring 2009   Wealth and Poverty in the Liberal Tradition
    Summer 1997   Autonomy and Automobility

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