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Post"Common Knowledge" in Colombia, Mexico; from Gary Moore (John Eipper, USA, 06/22/18 10:31 am)
Gary Moore writes:
Reprising JE's observation on what social science used to call "collective behavior," in this case on Richard Hancock's admirable experience in the Peace Corps (June 20th), the talk turned to "common knowledge" in Colombia about the CIA. Did the CIA start the drug smuggling epidemic? Was the CIA hiding in the Peace Corps?
Yeah, it's also common knowledge in Colombia that babies are kidnapped for their kidneys. It was common knowledge in Mexico in the 1970s, including among some intellectuals, that Mexico was suffering a drought because the US had stolen its rain.
What's the standard of credibility when consensus itself is credulous?
JE comments: Perhaps the most pervasive urban legend in present-day Colombia: former president (and current kingmaker) Álvaro Uribe is in cahoots with the Medellín drug traffickers--indeed, he is the biggest, baddest, and most untouchable narco of all. Common knowledge.