Re: An Example of Political Intution
American athletes going off to London packing Chinese-made uniforms--oh my! The reaction to that news appealed to me as a piece of political intuition, in this case from the conservative side. I'm sure that when these politicos heard this reported, they didn't have to think at all but rushed out to condemn such an offending act to whatever media would listen. Their "elephants," as Haidt would say, were swaying badly in reaction to our best young people having on their backs the products of our economic enemies, as these conservatives would apparently have it.
This will be just a flap that will pass, I truly hope. Maybe all the outrage was just for publicity. And if the outraged ones had just thought for a minute, used their reason for a minute, they would see how little sense their protest made. Maybe a few of them did see that. Haidt tells us that's it's rare for this to happen, but I wonder. Isn't that what thoughtfulness is all about, when we cultivate the habit of reflecting on our first reactions?
Thought I'd just add my two cents. If anyone would have given this a minutes thought it would have been obvious how impossible it would have been to have produced the uniforms in America. Just for starters, not much cloth is produced in the USA, not to mention stitched into articles of clothing. The USA has been out of the textile biz for quite sometime now; which means that it would have been a very expensive endeavor to pull together all the resources, skills, and materials to make them here in the USA.