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  1. Jerry Tarver

    I’m sure you don’t need another example of the power of fairness in persuasion, but consider the segregationists’ “separate but equal” slogan. I grew up in the segregated South where good middle class folks could never bring themselves to argue that it was acceptable to be unfair to a black pupil. They had to give lip service to the myth of equality even though no intelligent person could believe that a blatantly racist system was truly equal. Such is the power of fairness in causing the human mind to suppress reason.

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