Private Truths, Public Lies

by Timur Kuran

Category: Business & Economics

Book Reviews

  • Actions are in general more costly than words, but not always. In communist countries, there were plenty of things you couldn't say without punishment, but that you could act on, kind of. Public lies, private truths. to Tweet
  • The best book on this is the academic but very readable 'Private Truths, Public Lies' by @timurkuran. What tangled webs we weave, when we all try to fit in while under the gaze of a crowdsourced panopticon. to Tweet
  • The viral premium placed on performative belief by social media only makes the delta between falsified and revealed preference only grow. The key work here is Kuran's 'Private Truths, Public Lies', which delineates the phenomenon in academic depth. to Tweet
  • "Private Truths, Public Lies: The Social Consequences of Preference Falsification" - nuanced look into what people do to fit into larger groups. Out of print but incredibly relevant to 2018. to Tweet

About Book

Preface Living a Lie The Significance of Preference Falsification Private and Public Preferences Private Opinion, Public Opinion The Dynamics of Public Opinion Institutional Sources of Preference Falsification Inhibiting Change Collective Conservatism The Obstinacy of Communism The Ominous Perseverance of the Caste System The Unwanted Spread of Affirmative Action Distorting Knowledge Public Discourse and Private Knowledge The Unthinkable and the Unthought The Caste Ethic of Submission The Blind Spots of Communism The Unfading Specter of White Racism Generating Surprise Unforeseen Political Revolutions The Fall of Communism and Other Sudden Overturns The Hidden Complexities of Social Evolution From Slavery to Affirmative Action Preference Falsification and Social Analysis Notes Index.

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