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Why people put up with corrupt systems

Post  Progurt on Sat Sep 08, 2012 12:34 pm

Why Do People Defend Unjust, Inept, and Corrupt Systems?
Why do we stick up for a system or institution we live in -- a government, company, or marriage -- even when anyone else can see it is failing miserably? Why do we resist change even when the system is corrupt or unjust? A new article in Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal published by the Association for Psychological Science, illuminates the conditions under which we're motivated to defend the status quo -- a process called "system justification."

System justification isn't the same as acquiescence, explains Aaron C. Kay, a psychologist at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, who co-authored the paper with University of Waterloo graduate student Justin Friesen. "It's pro-active. When someone comes to justify the status quo, they also come to see it as what should be."
Sound familiar? How much of this have we seen from former liberals and former progressives over the last couple years?
When we feel we can't escape a system, we adapt. That includes feeling okay about things we might otherwise consider undesirable. The authors note one study in which participants were told that men's salaries in their country are 20% higher than women's. Rather than implicate an unfair system, those who felt they couldn't emigrate chalked up the wage gap to innate differences between the sexes. "You'd think that when people are stuck with a system, they'd want to change it more," says Kay. But in fact, the more stuck they are, the more likely are they to explain away its shortcomings. Finally, a related phenomenon: The less control people feel over their own lives, the more they endorse systems and leaders that offer a sense of order.

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Re: Why people put up with corrupt systems

Post  gendoikari87 on Sat Sep 08, 2012 2:44 pm

Sounds familiar

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Post  comedian on Sat Sep 08, 2012 4:17 pm

Ignorance, isolation, apathy.
The cornerstones of our modern American consumerist culture.
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