Riding the Herd Mentality

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

How using peer pressure -- and good, old-fashioned shame -- can push people to do the right thing.

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cfj52 from Ponchatoula, Louisiana

No doubt much of the social and other costs we pay as a society is because of our striving to be politically correct, and that means no assignment of right and wrong for anything.

Jun. 21 2012 06:44 AM

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