Is “Rational Man” an Oxymoron?

18 Oct

It was announced recently that “in the last 34 years, the average October temperature in Barrow, Alaska, has risen by more than 7°C − an increase that, on its own, makes a mockery of international efforts to prevent global temperatures from rising more than 2°C above their pre-industrial level.”

The flu kills 5,000 Americans annually. Vaccines are available, and people are reminded repeatedly to get vaccinated, yet all too many don’t. Deaths due to guns and motorized vehicles cause roughly 60,000 deaths a year in the United States, and global warming threatens to lead to hundreds of billions of dollars in damages along our seacoasts. Congress has effectively declared all of those off-limits for regulation, but is panicking over Ebola and demanding immediate action over a disease that has infected 2 people in the United States and killed one.

That this behavior is considered normal and even rewarded by voters is sobering.

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