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
    Summer 2016   Fleecing the Young
    Winter 2016   The End of Socialism
    Spring 2009   Wealth and Poverty in the Liberal Tradition
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