I believe we are programmed to favor political stories with relatively clear moral lessons, and stories which suggest we can improve the world as we might like to. As a result, you won’t hear the following claims too many times:
1. We already have wrecked our environment with global warming; the truth is, it is simply too late to do anything about it.
2. The U.S. economy is being riveted by forces which will increase inequality dramatically. These forces are so strong we had better surrender to them and learn how to live with that inequality. This may involve less political power for the downtrodden.
3. A polity wracked with inequality can’t last very long as a free society. Philosophic worries about inequality are mostly bunk, but we need to move toward greater equality to appease the masses and even to appease some of the elites.
Please note (all you blogs which quote selectively and out of context), none of those are my views. But they are not less plausible than many of the other opinions thrown around in these debates. Yet they remain, for obvious reasons I think, quite unpopular.
Can you think of other (plausible) stories which you don’t hear too often?