Confessions of a former republican


My old Republican worldview was flawed because it was based upon a small and particularly rosy sliver of reality. To preserve that worldview, I had to believe that people had morally earned their ‘just’ desserts, and I had to ignore those whining liberals who tried to point out that the world didn’t actually work that way. I think this shows why Republicans put so much effort into ‘creat[ing] our own reality,’ into fostering distrust of liberals, experts, scientists, and academics, and why they won’t let a campaign ‘be dictated by fact-checkers’ (as a Romney pollster put it). It explains why study after study shows (…) that avid consumers of Republican-oriented media are more poorly informed than people who use other news sources or don’t bother to follow the news at all.


A poignant description of how a decent human being could espouse a horrid wordlview simply by shielding him from reality…


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