Monday, February 11, 2013


The Ignorance Caucus -
...The truth is that America’s partisan divide runs much deeper than even pessimists are usually willing to admit; the parties aren’t just divided on values and policy views, they’re divided over epistemology. One side believes, at least in principle, in letting its policy views be shaped by facts; the other believes in suppressing the facts if they contradict its fixed beliefs.

In her parting shot on leaving the State Department, Hillary Clinton said of her Republican critics, “They just will not live in an evidence-based world.” She was referring specifically to the Benghazi controversy, but her point applies much more generally. And for all the talk of reforming and reinventing the G.O.P., the ignorance caucus retains a firm grip on the party’s heart and mind.


billy pilgrim said...

david frum had a good line:
The United States faces an ugly combination: Japanese-style economic stagnation plus Italian-style political paralysis.

Bob Harrison said...

Ha, That is a good one, especially given the source is sometimes, uh, "toolish."