Pretending self-interest doesn’t exist

h/t Victor Davis Hanson in The War on Human Nature .  The author starts by applying the idea to recent political events and then moves backward in time a bit to establish the pattern.  “For nations as for individuals, pretending self-interest doesn’t exist is perilous.”

There is a difference between the way we wish the world would work and the way it unfortunately does. We should know that tragedy from our own often-selfish lives. in which we make decisions based on our perceptions of advantage. The problem with ignoring the role of unchanging human nature is that usually someone other than the utopian gets killed, runs out of money, or must live with the chaos brought about by the actions of the better-off, who are permitted by their money, leisure, power, and influence to dream that we are something that we are not.

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