Thoughts on economics and liberty

The social psychology of dystopias

My manuscript, The Discovery of Freedom, needs significant re-work to incorporate the social psychology of dystopias.

This is placeholder post but there’s a lot of info out there that I’ve come across which will inform the update. Basically group psychology needs to be studied at great length if we are to create a genuinely free society.

Things that will inform this study include:

  • Milgrom experiment
  • Orwell’s and Huxley’s works
  • Christopher Browning’s Ordinary Men
  • Asch conformity experiments
  • Kuran’s Private Truths, Public Lies
  • Mackay’s Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds
  • Many wonderful videos at: The Academy of Ideas

But there’s of course a lot more. Either way, without understanding human nature we will always fail to build a genuinely free society.

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Sanjeev Sabhlok

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