Why Facts Don’t Matter to People

by Barry Brownstein
The American Institute for Economic Research

Frustrated with COVID-19 restrictions on daily life, a friend said to me, “I just want to know the truth.”

Like many people, my exasperated friend, and others I know, are mesmerized and frightened by daily news reports on the number of COVID-19 cases. You can cite all the data you want, such as these from the U.S.:

[…] It’s good news all around. But you turn on the television and get a different message. People worry about sending their children to school this fall. Some display authoritarian views as they excuse politicians for destructive errors merely because they showed “strong leadership.”

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