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I think this Right Man idea is a good observation; perhaps more prevalent in the United States today, not only among its leaders but also (and maybe especially) among many government underlings who happen to be in some position of regulatory power, however meager. Although a right-man complex can have significant impact when it operates in a person with regulatory authority, I think each of us needs to be on guard against developing a right-man attitude in ourselves regardless of our position in life.

I also think the "right man" theory is salient.

People like to follow leaders and they want their leaders to express certainty in their views. Too often uncertainty is seen not as wise caution and thoughtfulness, but as weakness.

So these right man types do, indeed, tend to rise to positions of prominence in civic life as well as in the corporate and military sectors.

So often we are left asking, "How could serious people have made such a devastatingly blundering decision?" and conspiracy theories sprout up like mushrooms after a summer rain. They are mostly wrong and the truth actually lies in understanding an ego - or collection of egos - that has succumbed to the right man problem.

The left-hemisphere like aspects brain function under LH dominant cognitive and relational paradigms produces cultures, religions, dogmas, and governments in its image. In fact, anthropologists looking backward from the future would probably cite the emergence of a religion like Christianity or a government like the United States’ as direct evidence of a momentous developmental swing to the left (hemisphere). There are clues everywhere, from our language to our art... but most of them have to do with our rather abysmal lack of enacted intelligence as a species and as collectives. Or rather, the stilted substitution of -forms- of cognition that mimic intelligence’s hubris, but do not deliver its results.

Echoes of our hemispheric structure in our cultures and societies is profound. I would suggest Iain McGilchrist’s excellent book, The Master and His Emissary as a starting place to examine the topic. A single read is insufficient.

If we do not understand hemispheric lateralization, I suggest that we cannot understand our own minds and cultures.

Under LH dominance, evidence of error results not in correction, but entrenchment. If you say I am wrong, that -means- I am now 10% more correct than I was previously. If you show me -evidence- that I am wrong, that means I am now 100% more correct than I was previously.

For LH dominant cultures or people, evidence of being wrong simply means this: do it harder, now.

You're all wrong! Or are you right?

some of the prosecutors in these cases refused to admit they had been wrong in prosecuting - more accurately, persecuting - these innocent daycare professionals.
Many prosecutors of unjustly imprisoned inmates who were later cleared by DNA evidence also refused to admit error.

The Right Man syndrome is exacerbated by the fact that most prosecutors are elected, or appointed by politicians who find political advantage in being "tough on crime". In these cases the guilt or innocence of the accused becomes secondary to the possibility of a "win" for the prosecutor.

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