Why Do We Question Motives?

Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“I don’t know if we’re in the heyday of questioning the motives of people we disagree with rather than simply rebutting them — character assassination, that is –b ut it’s got me wondering why this is such a popular pastime these days. Think about how often we hear people’s motives impugned — even when they have impressive credentials — because of their positions on COVID-19, climate change, nutrition, racial policy — ou name it. Considering motivation is not a bad thing per se, but too often it substitutes for a counterargument. That’s a confession of vacuity.” (09/03/21)