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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Meaning of Mood, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

When someone expresses his views with a calm mood, you consider him more reliable than when he expresses his views with an hysterical mood.  We give more credence to someone who discusses alleged war crimes somberly than if he does so flippantly.  As far as I can tell, this is justified.  One of the main reasons I've never bothered to investigate Holocaust denial is that the Holocaust deniers I've encountered think that genocide is hilarious. 


This is a fascinating post. --But my reaction to this particular quotation is, really? Genocide, hilarious? I am genuinely shocked by this. I've never met anybody who thought genocide was hilarious. But then, I've never met a Nazi-sympathizing genocide denier. Stalinists I have met, and their reaction to the facticity of Stalin's crimes was to defend them as necessary causes of Soviet modernization. Awfully lame, given the utter failure of the Soviet system, but this was back in the 1970's.

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"I've never met a Nazi-sympathizing genocide denier." Nor me. Do we live in bubbles, you and I, or are there just very few of these people around?

My own guess is that there are probably more people who think that murdering Jews was a good idea than people who imagine that it didn't happen. When I say "people" I wasn't actually thinking of you know who.

Posted by: dearieme | Sep 13, 2017 10:44:52 AM