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While some react by abandoning the worldview entirely, many others find that rationalizing what went wrong is cognitively easier than admitting you, yourself, were the one who was wrong.
All these trends, especially when they layer on top of and reinforce each other, help create an atmosphere where violence against opponents is rationalized and politics becomes a game to win at any cost.
OUR RADICALIZED REPUBLICMAGGIE KOERTH (MAGGIE.KOERTH-BAKER@FIVETHIRTYEIGHT.COM)JANUARY 25, 2021FIVETHIRTYEIGHT
Yes, in the moment, they transcend our tendency to rationalize and victim-blame, and they get national attention by virtue of their terrible scale.
Prosecutor Raj Parekh dismissed the defense as retrospective attempts to rationalize Donald’s behavior.
It might be rationalized as a decision made by a consciously aware species, but it could also be seen as a direct, mechanistic extension of the efficacy of gene exchange and sexual reproduction in perpetuating the phenomenon of life.
It is at present a quite inexplicable story, and we give these preposterous facts with no attempt to rationalize them.
Nor, as a matter of fact, is it any more easy for the militarist to rationalize his method of solving world difficulties.
At present we give way to resentful passion, and then "rationalize" our surrender by calling it a vindication of justice.
I wanted her near my own size again as though the blessed normality of that would rationalize and lessen her danger.
BEYOND THE VANISHING POINTRAYMOND KING CUMMINGS
It is more evil to "rationalize" the act—to invent a moral reason for doing an infamous thing.
GOLDEN LADSARTHUR GLEASON AND HELEN HAYES GLEASON

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