Unshakable: Once I’ve Made Up My Mind, I’m Sticking to It…

Ian Mitroff
2 min readOct 6, 2022

I’m publishing this series of articles to share and discuss my ruminations on coping with a troubled and messy world. You can “follow” me to never miss an article.

The sheer ability of people to stick to an idea or person no matter what transgressions they’ve committed is absolutely mind boggling. Thus, the serious allegations that have been leveled against Herschel Walker, the Republican candidate for the Senate in Georgia, that he paid for a then girlfriend to have an Abortion have only served to harden his support from Conservative Republicans and even Evangelicals. True, there’s no absolute proof. But in blistering appearances on Social Media, his son has repeatedly accused his father of being unfaithful by fathering multiple children with other women, thereby abandoning him and his mother. But like Trump, not only does it make little difference, but once again it makes absolutely clear that the pursuit of Political Power is the primary consideration of Republicans. Thus, they are sticking with him no matter what.

A Party that has traditionally stood for Family Values is now more willing than ever to abandon its principles in the pursuit of Power and Power alone.

I don’t normally see myself as a cynic, but I find it more difficult than ever not to cynical.

Ian I. Mitroff is credited as being one of the principal founders of the modern field of Crisis Management. He has a BS, MS, and a PhD in Engineering and the Philosophy of Social Systems Science from UC Berkeley. He Is Professor Emeritus from the Marshall School of Business and the Annenberg School of Communication at USC. Currently, he is a Senior Research Affiliate in the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management, UC Berkeley. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Management. He has published 41 books. His latest is: The Socially Responsible Organization: Lessons from Covid, Springer, New York, 2022.

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