It’s like that episode of Father Ted, where the farmer shouts at the priest: “Should we all be racists now?”
There’s an election coming. Ireland has multi-seat constituencies. Candidates who appeal to fewer than 15% of their constituents regularly get elected. To parliament.
It all sounds great in theory. And then they discover that racism is a dog whistle for around…I don’t know…maybe 15% of the population.
Do we really have to have elections? (Asking for a friend.)
Brian Hughes is an academic psychologist and university professor in Galway, Ireland, specialising in stress, health, and the application of psychology to social issues. He writes widely on the psychology of empiricism and of empirically disputable claims, especially as they pertain to science, health, medicine, and politics.