The human mind seems to have a natural tendency to assume that all good things go together. This may be a result partly of what psychologists call tradeoff aversion and partly of wishful thinking. Let me offer some examples. Marx asserted that in the transition to Communism, one should try to “shorten and lessen the birth pangs”. For a… Read more »
Author: Jon Elster
Jon Elster is Robert K. Merton Professor of Social Sciences with appointments in Political Science and Philosophy at Columbia University and professeur titulaire at the Collège de France. He was engaged in and leader of the Working Group 'Microfoundations of Civil War' at the Centre for the Study of Civil War at PRIO 2003-2012.