The Just-World Fallacy

With the recent openness from Mitt Romney discussing the 47% of US citizens who do not pay taxes, I decided it might be a good time to review the Just-World Fallacy. I think it is important to an understanding of what Romney and the Republicans believe.

According to David McRaney in You Are Not So Smart, the fallacy is abstracted like this:

The Misconception:  People who are losing at the game of life must have done something to deserve it.

The Truth:  The beneficiaries of good fortune often do nothing to earn it, and bad people often get away with their actions without consequences.

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