Majority Way

by Juliette Ochieng | August 5th, 2014

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Majority Way

by baldilocks

When did being in a major­ity with respect to a given opin­ion become the sole pre­req­ui­site for the valid­ity of that Baldilocks miniopin­ion? Even Chris­tians, who have a long record at their dis­posal, can’t seem to grasp a sim­ple pat­tern: when the major­ity is mov­ing in one direc­tion, it is often wise to move in the oppo­site direction.

This phe­nom­e­non is called the Band­wagon Fal­lacy, which is

com­mit­ted by argu­ments that appeal to the grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity of an idea as a rea­son for accept­ing it as true. They take the mere fact that an idea sud­denly attract­ing adher­ents as a rea­son for us to join in with the trend and become adher­ents of the idea ourselves.

This is a fal­lacy because there are many other fea­tures of ideas than truth that can lead to a rapid increase in pop­u­lar­ity. Peer pres­sure, tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits, or even mass stu­pid­ity could lead to a false idea being adopted by lots of peo­ple. A rise in the pop­u­lar­ity of an idea, then, is no guar­an­tee of its truth.

(Empha­sis mine.)

There are count­less exam­ples from which to choose, but here’s one rel­e­vant to August of 2014: that rais­ing the min­i­mum wage ben­e­fits any employee base. It’s easy to fig­ure out why this is false.

  • If an employer must pay his employ­ees a higher min­i­mum wage,
  • The fewer employ­ees that employyer will be able to afford, and separately
  • Pro­duc­ers of goods and ser­vices will, nat­u­rally raise their prices.

There­fore high min­i­mum wage pro­duces fewer jobs and higher prices.

But don’t try to tell major­ity of min­i­mum wage earn­ers this or any min­i­mum wage advo­cate this. Most of both groups think that more of any­thing – espe­cially paper bank notes– is bet­ter. Tell to the Zimbaweans.

And then there’s the “major­ity opin­ion” Israel-​Hamas conflict…

Major­ity rules” are two words that should scare the crap out of any think­ing person.

Like Dr. Sow­ell, I won­der if think­ing has been aban­doned. Or maybe it has merely been squashed by covetousness.

The results are the same, in the long run.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2009; the sec­ond edi­tion in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in 2014Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!

by baldilocks

When did being in a majority with respect to a given opinion become the sole prerequisite for the validity of that Baldilocks miniopinion? Even Christians, who have a long record at their disposal, can’t seem to grasp a simple pattern: when the majority is moving in one direction, it is often wise to move in the opposite direction.

This phenomenon is called the Bandwagon Fallacy, which is

committed by arguments that appeal to the growing popularity of an idea as a reason for accepting it as true. They take the mere fact that an idea suddenly attracting adherents as a reason for us to join in with the trend and become adherents of the idea ourselves.

This is a fallacy because there are many other features of ideas than truth that can lead to a rapid increase in popularity. Peer pressure, tangible benefits, or even mass stupidity could lead to a false idea being adopted by lots of people. A rise in the popularity of an idea, then, is no guarantee of its truth.

(Emphasis mine.)

There are countless examples from which to choose, but here’s one relevant to August of 2014: that raising the minimum wage benefits any employee base. It’s easy to figure out why this is false.

  • If an employer must pay his employees a higher minimum wage,
  • The fewer employees that employyer will be able to afford, and separately
  • Producers of goods and services will, naturally raise their prices.

Therefore high minimum wage produces fewer jobs and higher prices.

But don’t try to tell majority of minimum wage earners this or any minimum wage advocate this. Most of both groups think that more of anything–especially paper bank notes– is better. Tell to the Zimbaweans.

And then there’s the “majority opinion” Israel-Hamas conflict…

“Majority rules” are two words that should scare the crap out of any thinking person.

Like Dr. Sowell, I wonder if thinking has been abandoned. Or maybe it has merely been squashed by covetousness.

The results are the same, in the long run.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!

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