One of the most frustrating representations of cognitive dissonance is that among progressives like Bernie Sanders. This was on display last night at the Democratic debate on CBS, conveniently booked at 9 p.m. on a Saturday night.
Sanders rightly pointed out during the debate that foreign policy is complex and that our repeated interventions over the years have had unintended and dire consequences, most obviously in the Middle East and most disastrously with the Iraq War invasion in 2003, of which Clinton was unsurprisingly a backer of.
Yet, when it comes to economic interventions, Sanders forgets about complexity, the knowledge problem and those unintended and dire consequences.
The reverse of this holds true when applied to conservatives, if you accept the premise of conservatives as free market proponents, which I do not.