Saturday, July 31, 2010

Poor Reality Testing is Strength

Not only is the right mostly mistaken, in my opinion, in their policy prescriptions. They're also at increasing move from reality, in such a way as to preclude even the possibility of consensus, bipartisanship and a common ground.

Listen to Beck, Limbaugh and the rest. Google the 'Cloward-Piven Conspiracy', arising from a 40 year old article in that enormously powerful journalistic institution, the Nation. Consider their insistence that there's more money to be made in accepting anthropogenic global warming than shilling for the largest, most profitable corporations and national sovereign funds ever seen in the known galaxy. Birth certificates. A game I can play all day, this.

And if you call them on this stuff, you're told that Beck, Limbaugh et al. are merely entertainers, and not to be taken seriously. Wildly disingenuous, that, and a bald cognitive dissonance. An inevitable consequence is foreclosure of even an approach to a common ground here: you can't take the Beckerati seriously, but he's telling the truth. Another is that, if they only talk to themselves, they won't ever have the slightest reason to reconsider their views, as, perhaps, incomplete descriptions of reality, subject to error, and not, in and of themselves, sufficient reason to dismiss their opponents as not merely mistaken, but illegitimate, as advocates not merely of different policy prescriptions but of tyranny.

22 comments:

steve simels said...

Entertainers?

Right. Like Father Coughlin...

ProfWombat said...

Calling them 'entertainers' is a way of delegitimizing disagreement with them. It's akin to prefacing an outright bigoted statement with 'At the risk of being called politically incorrect'. Or defining 'class warfare' as solely what the poor do to the rich, or 'racism' as solely how blacks feel about whites. Even Father Coughlin didn't try that.

BlakNo1 said...

Has nobody ever seen "A Face In The Crowd"? Or even "Network"? These so-called entertainers will end up getting somebody killed. It's only a matter of time.

ProfWombat said...

Blak: or, for that matter, the role of the media in the Rwandan genocide. Julius Streicher's Nazi house organ: Hitler's truth, you decide...

Ruth said...

Wriggling out of accountability hasn't kept the right from continually insisting that their dysfunctional ideology is going to work if we just try it, again. What never ceases to amaze me is the inability to accept that everything they tell us ought to be done, has been tried and monumentally failed. It's an inability to deal with reality, and I see no way to reach through their dissociation.

JR said...

Ideology trumps reality in most people. That's why we still have Creationists.

ProfWombat said...

Ruth: well, any ideology will diverge from reality, and especially if those holding it only talk to each other. Seen it oft enough on the left. Now, on the right, and ever more wildly out there. And they don't feel the need to talk to anybody other than themselves, either: seeking bipartisanship with these people is like looking for gold in a coal mine.

JR: yup. And, worse, some don't see their beliefs as ideological. Ever try to argue causality or teleology with these types? It's the damned intolerance, too, not just the willful ignorance.

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