False Consensus

Posted 3 months ago | Originally written on 28 Jun 2023

Any situation in which there is a preponderance of positive affirmations while maintaining the exclusion of criticism inevitably leads to false consensuses. False consensuses are the renunciation of truth.

If a society foster true freedom then false consensuses are unlikely to exist. For example, free markets allow for both profits and loss; if only profits are enabled (such as when government intervention is pervasive) then market actors proceed under the 'false consensus' of demand. Ideally, losses are precious signal to warn errant producers to desist from unwanted production activities.