According to a study, when people feel they have been morally virtuous by saving the planet through their purchases of organic baby food, for example, it leads to the \”licensing [of] selfish and morally questionable behaviour\”, otherwise known as \”moral balancing\” or \”compensatory ethics\”.

Do Green Products Make Us Better People is published in the latest edition of the journal Psychological Science. Its authors, Canadian psychologists Nina Mazar and Chen-Bo Zhong, argue that people who wear what they call the \”halo of green consumerism\” are less likely to be kind to others, and more likely to cheat and steal. \”Virtuous acts can license subsequent asocial and unethical behaviours,\” they write.

It\’s not compensatory ethics. It\’s that those who are green consumers are exactly the type of prodnosed, self-righteous, puritanical members of the self-Elect who would lie, cheat and steal. Because we\’re righteous whatever we do is right.

Occam\’s Shaving Brush and all that…..

6 thoughts on “Well, no.”

  1. Exactly my immediate thought.

    The Guardian as a FAIL in confusing causation and correlation.

    The green purchases are not the cause, but are just correlated to thievery. The ability to block out reality and lie so well you believe it yourself school of eco-wibble.

  2. Hang on.
    These are the people who contact you to tell you they aren’t buying you a Christmas pressy because they have sent a barrel of moo-poo to Ethiopia on your behalf instead.
    In the same envelope, you are likely to find one of those risible reports on all of their adventures throughout the year.

    I have asked my lot to make a change next year. I want them to send me the barrel of bullsh*t, and the Ethiopian peasants can have the gap-year report. Hell they can have the gap-year student too for all I care.

    At least the bullsh*t is good for my garden…

  3. What they didn’t do, in their year of living humanely, was turn out to rescue folk when there was flooding at the rough end of their hometown. They left “the authorities” to deal with that.

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