hard heads soft hearts

a scratch pad for half-formed thoughts by a liberal political junkie who's nobody special. ''Hard Heads, Soft Hearts'' is the title of a book by Princeton economist Alan Blinder, and tends to be a favorite motto of neoliberals, especially liberal economists.

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Wednesday, June 05, 2002
terrorists and political extremists in general are often smart and upper-middle class people who possess some character deficiency - in milder political extremists its usually sloth, in more extreme terrorists its usually stunted empathy - which leads to them becoming unpopular and shunned. They feel themselves failures when comparing themselves to their reference groups, and thus look for philosophies which will justify their worldly failures