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The Rotting of the Republican Mind

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When one party becomes detached from reality.

 

In a recent Monmouth University survey, 77 percent of Trump backers said Joe Biden had won the presidential election because of fraud. Many of these same people think climate change is not real. Many of these same people believe they don’t need to listen to scientific experts on how to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

We live in a country in epistemological crisis, in which much of the Republican Party has become detached from reality. Moreover, this is not just an American problem. All around the world, rising right-wing populist parties are floating on oceans of misinformation and falsehood. What is going on?

Many people point to the internet — the way it funnels people into information silos, the way it abets the spread of misinformation. I mostly reject this view. Why would the internet have corrupted Republicans so much more than Democrats, the global right more than the global left?

My analysis begins with a remarkable essay that Jonathan Rauch wrote for National Affairs in 2018 called “The Constitution of Knowledge.” Rauch pointed out that every society has an epistemic regime, a marketplace of ideas where people collectively hammer out what’s real. In democratic, nontheocratic societies, this regime is a decentralized ecosystem of academics, clergy members, teachers, journalists and others who disagree about a lot but agree on a shared system of rules for weighing evidence and building knowledge.

This ecosystem, Rauch wrote, operates as a funnel. It allows a wide volume of ideas to get floated, but only a narrow group of ideas survive collective scrutiny. “We let alt-truth talk,” Rauch said, “but we don’t let it write textbooks, receive tenure, bypass peer review, set the research agenda, dominate the front pages, give expert testimony or dictate the flow of public dollars.”

Over the past decades the information age has created a lot more people who make their living working with ideas, who are professional members of this epistemic process. The information economy has increasingly rewarded them with money and status. It has increasingly concentrated them in ever more prosperous metro areas.

 

While these cities have been prospering, places where fewer people have college degrees have been spiraling down: flatter incomes, decimated families, dissolved communities. In 1972, people without college degrees were nearly as happy as those with college degrees. Now those without a degree are far more unhappy about their lives.

People need a secure order to feel safe. Deprived of that, people legitimately feel cynicism and distrust, alienation and anomie. This precarity has created, in nation after nation, intense populist backlashes against the highly educated folks who have migrated to the cities and accrued significant economic, cultural and political power. Will Wilkinson of the Niskanen Center calls this the “Density Divide.” It is a bitter cultural and political cold war.

In the fervor of this enmity, millions of people have come to detest those who populate the epistemic regime, who are so distant, who appear to have it so easy, who have such different values, who can be so condescending. Millions not only distrust everything the “fake news” people say, but also the so-called rules they use to say them.

People in this precarious state are going to demand stories that will both explain their distrust back to them and also enclose them within a safe community of believers. The evangelists of distrust, from Donald Trump to Alex Jones to the followers of QAnon, rose up to give them those stories and provide that community. Paradoxically, conspiracy theories have become the most effective community bonding mechanisms of the 21st century.

For those awash in anxiety and alienation, who feel that everything is spinning out of control, conspiracy theories are extremely effective emotional tools. For those in low status groups, they provide a sense of superiority: I possess important information most people do not have. For those who feel powerless, they provide agency: I have the power to reject “experts” and expose hidden cabals. As Cass Sunstein of Harvard Law School points out, they provide liberation: If I imagine my foes are completely malevolent, then I can use any tactic I want.

Under Trump, the Republican identity is defined not by a set of policy beliefs but by a paranoid mind-set. He and his media allies simply ignore the rules of the epistemic regime and have set up a rival trolling regime. The internet is an ideal medium for untested information to get around traditional gatekeepers, but it is an accelerant of the paranoia, not its source. Distrust and precarity, caused by economic, cultural and spiritual threat, are the source.

What to do? You can’t argue people out of paranoia. If you try to point out factual errors, you only entrench false belief. The only solution is to reduce the distrust and anxiety that is the seedbed of this thinking. That can only be done first by contact, reducing the social chasm between the members of the epistemic regime and those who feel so alienated from it. And second, it can be done by policy, by making life more secure for those without a college degree.

Rebuilding trust is, obviously, the work of a generation.

 

 


 

 

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When you ignore the vast evidence that continues to mount and label it "conspiracy theories and paranoia...it is you who have refused to use your brain. Either that or you're corrupt or simply in denial.

This article is just another example of such...as well as more trash posting from the village idiot.

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10 minutes ago, f8ta1ity54 said:

To be fair, conservatism in general is a rot of the brain.

I can’t agree with that. There are a lot of aspects of conservatism but I agree with but then, you know the old saying the older you get, the more conservative you get. The crazy thing is in this day and age the less Republican I get.  Not so surprising though, because Republicans are becoming less and less conservative all the time


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A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

 

Twitter: @HKTheResistance

 

HipKat, on *** other h***, is genuine, unapoli***tically nasty, and w**** his hea** on his ******. jc856

I’ll just forward them to Bridgett. comssvet11

Seek help. soflabillsfan

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10 minutes ago, Philly'sFinest said:

When you ignore the vast evidence that continues to mount and label it "conspiracy theories and paranoia...it is you who have refused to use your brain. Either that or you're corrupt or simply in denial.

This article is just another example of such...as well as more trash posting from the village idiot.

So the courts are also in on this too, right?

Damn. Sleepy joe was the mastermind behind the greatest crime in US history? 

The amount of double think it takes to be a conservative is astounding.

 


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3 minutes ago, HipKat said:

I can’t agree with that. There are a lot of aspects of conservatism but I agree with but then, you know the old saying the older you get, the more conservative you get. The crazy thing is in this day and age the less Republican I get.  Not so surprising though, because Republicans are becoming less and less conservative all the time

Which aspects of conservatism do you agree with?


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1 minute ago, f8ta1ity54 said:

Which aspects of conservatism do you agree with?

Well, personal opinions, mostly, but I believe in morals and principles which are some of the foundations of conservatism.


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A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

 

Twitter: @HKTheResistance

 

HipKat, on *** other h***, is genuine, unapoli***tically nasty, and w**** his hea** on his ******. jc856

I’ll just forward them to Bridgett. comssvet11

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Just now, HipKat said:

Well, personal opinions, mostly, but I believe in morals and principles which are some of the foundations of conservatism.

Such as?


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Just now, f8ta1ity54 said:

Such as?

Such as traditional values. Particularly traditional cultural and social values. I’m not completely against change but things are out of control. The whole “I’m always right because I say I am and my way is the right way and I am important for no other reason than I say I am…” thing is out of control. Family values are out the window. I mean, these are the things that I’m talking about when I say traditional values


“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes.

A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

 

Twitter: @HKTheResistance

 

HipKat, on *** other h***, is genuine, unapoli***tically nasty, and w**** his hea** on his ******. jc856

I’ll just forward them to Bridgett. comssvet11

Seek help. soflabillsfan

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21 minutes ago, f8ta1ity54 said:

So the courts are also in on this too, right?

Damn. Sleepy joe was the mastermind behind the greatest crime in US history? 

The amount of double think it takes to be a conservative is astounding.

The reason Trump was elected in 2016 was because people were sick of these corrupt politicians and their government doing wrong by the people.

It doesn't require much brainpower to know many judges are corrupt, compromised, or bought.

This stuff is common knowledge, but it's not surprising that you are befuddled by it.

And no...Sleepy Joe isn't the mastermind of anything. He has always been a corrupt politician that is owned by foreign enemies and global elites.

Which you are completely ok with

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27 minutes ago, HipKat said:

Such as traditional values. Particularly traditional cultural and social values. I’m not completely against change but things are out of control. The whole “I’m always right because I say I am and my way is the right way and I am important for no other reason than I say I am…” thing is out of control. Family values are out the window. I mean, these are the things that I’m talking about when I say traditional values

I guess I need more specifics. What is out of control? Are you talking about the 4.5% of people who identify as LGBTQ?


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16 minutes ago, Philly'sFinest said:

The reason Trump was elected in 2016 was because people were sick of these corrupt politicians and their government doing wrong by the people.

It doesn't require much brainpower to know many judges are corrupt, compromised, or bought.

This stuff is common knowledge, but it's not surprising that you are befuddled by it.

And no...Sleepy Joe isn't the mastermind of anything. He has always been a corrupt politician that is owned by foreign enemies and global elites.

Which you are completely ok with

Lol 

Trump only added to the swamp. Some of then even served jail time.

The judges trump appointed with the approval of mitch McConnell are corrupt? Hahaha sounds like a republican problem. Find better judges ya dingus.


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1 hour ago, f8ta1ity54 said:

I guess I need more specifics. What is out of control? Are you talking about the 4.5% of people who identify as LGBTQ?

Nooo, I have no issues with that. I'm talking about the everyone gets a trophy, entitlement attitudes, mostly. 


“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes.

A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

 

Twitter: @HKTheResistance

 

HipKat, on *** other h***, is genuine, unapoli***tically nasty, and w**** his hea** on his ******. jc856

I’ll just forward them to Bridgett. comssvet11

Seek help. soflabillsfan

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52 minutes ago, HipKat said:

Nooo, I have no issues with that. I'm talking about the everyone gets a trophy, entitlement attitudes, mostly. 

I guess I dont care enough about trophies for it to be an issue. What entitlements?


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4 hours ago, HipKat said:

Not so surprising though, because Republicans are becoming less and less conservative all the time

republicans are becoming less and less human all the time

consider the last several piece of shit health care plans they tried to feed us. they should have been shielding their faces or wearing hoods when they put them up for a vote. those plans were complete garbage, people would have died from the lack of key diagnostic testing, and poor people would be eating dog food to survive bc such a big chunk of their income would go toward medical costs - im not even exaggerating. theres no other word for that than evil

consider how high a priority republicans put on giving more money to wealthy people. two parent families who both work and still struggle to make ends meet and often have to rely on food pantries to cover the shortfall shouldnt happen in america. yet there are the republicans passing bills that give more and more and more of the money to the rich who put it in their off-shore bank accounts. working families going without health care, safe housing, enough food, all because republicans are addicted to giving more and more money to already rich people who dont need it. we are living in a time where we keep breaking the all-time record for the income gap in america, thanks to the republicans. how can anyone possibly say that is anything but evil

add on the reality that they intentionally broke our system of checks and balances by refusing obamas nominee in the last year of his term, then immediately went ahead and confirmed their own candidate when that position came open LATER than the one obama should have filled. that was a blatantly immoral, unamerican, and treasonous thing to do that has very negative repercussions on the balance in govt we once held so dear. again, no other word describes the intent there better than evil

the dems scare me with their extreme positions, but the republicans disgust me


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3 hours ago, Philly'sFinest said:

The reason Trump was elected in 2016 was because people were sick of these corrupt politicians and their government doing wrong by the people.

It doesn't require much brainpower to know many judges are corrupt, compromised, or bought.

This stuff is common knowledge, but it's not surprising that you are befuddled by it.

And no...Sleepy Joe isn't the mastermind of anything. He has always been a corrupt politician that is owned by foreign enemies and global elites.

Which you are completely ok with

f8 needs proof that the sun comes up in the morning.........

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13 minutes ago, Meathead said:

republicans are becoming less and less human all the time

consider the last several piece of shit health care plans they tried to feed us. they should have been shielding their faces or wearing hoods when they put them up for a vote. those plans were complete garbage, people would have died from the lack of key diagnostic testing, and poor people would be eating dog food to survive bc such a big chunk of their income would go toward medical costs - im not even exaggerating. theres no other word for that than evil

consider how high a priority republicans put on giving more money to wealthy people. two parent families who both work and still struggle to make ends meet and often have to rely on food pantries to cover the shortfall shouldnt happen in america. yet there are the republicans passing bills that give more and more and more of the money to the rich who put it in their off-shore bank accounts. working families going without health care, safe housing, enough food, all because republicans are addicted to giving more and more money to already rich people who dont need it. we are living in a time where we keep breaking the all-time record for the income gap in america, thanks to the republicans. how can anyone possibly say that is anything but evil

add on the reality that they intentionally broke our system of checks and balances by refusing obamas nominee in the last year of his term, then immediately went ahead and confirmed their own candidate when that position came open LATER than the one obama should have filled. that was a blatantly immoral, unamerican, and treasonous thing to do that has very negative repercussions on the balance in govt we once held so dear. again, no other word describes the intent there better than evil

the dems scare me with their extreme positions, but the republicans disgust me

You're literally puppeting false narratives created long ago that were somewhat valid around 20 years ago or so. You're indoctrination seems to have went swimmingly for your puppet masters.

What you think the Republican party is couldn't be farther from the truth nowadays.

You can't talk disastrous Healthcare without Obama and his plan. Don't dare blame one party when this POS plan is still in law.

As for the wealth gap and the rich taking care of the rich...you are once again pinning this on one party. Pure stupidity. You may wanna take a look at your top Dem leaders and connect those dots if you wanna see how bad it really is. BTW...people complain about businesses getting breaks and hurting the little guy, but those businesses up and leave when you don't give them enough reason to stay here. And that's exactly what happened under Obama/Biden. What Trump did with the tax cuts for everyone helped not only to bring back these jobs, but to also increase our income. 

And the whole Supreme Court and judges thing is showing itself right as we speak. There's been too many judges put in to do a certain parties bidding instead of following the rule of law, and that has been largely brought on and dominated by corrupt Dems. We see it now with these rulings that defy constitutional law. They blocked Obama's SC justice nominee because they had the votes to not confirm him. This is nothing new, and it was well within their rights. I guess you wanted Dems to continue filling our highest court with activists that wish to create their own laws and destroy the ones that keep us by and large a free country...SMFH.

You're a total disaster of trash logic and a zombie lacking any real thoughts if I'm being completely honest. I hate to shit on people that try and put out responses that appear to show an effort to inform and give good reasoning, but you keep putting this verbal diarrhea out here, so I'll take it upon myself to call it out for what it is.

You should be disgusted with yourself and the thoughts that you are putting out into the public realm instead of a political party that have actually been trying to bring America back to a time when the people had some power, prosperity, and a voice.

What a shame that I even have to type this shit

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1 hour ago, f8ta1ity54 said:

I guess I dont care enough about trophies for it to be an issue. What entitlements?

Dude, I didn't come in here to start posting 100 times a day, again. I really don't need to get into a whole long discussion. If you don't get it, then you just don't get it. It's OK, I said mostly personal reasons anyway

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A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

 

Twitter: @HKTheResistance

 

HipKat, on *** other h***, is genuine, unapoli***tically nasty, and w**** his hea** on his ******. jc856

I’ll just forward them to Bridgett. comssvet11

Seek help. soflabillsfan

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11 hours ago, HipKat said:

Dude, I didn't come in here to start posting 100 times a day, again. I really don't need to get into a whole long discussion. If you don't get it, then you just don't get it. It's OK, I said mostly personal reasons anyway

Just trying to understand bro. 

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3 minutes ago, f8ta1ity54 said:

Just trying to understand bro. 

I know dude, I’m not coming down on you, I just know that no matter what I say either you’re not gonna get it or somebody else is not going to get it and it’s gonna make me look like I’m being combative. It’s just like I’ve always said, I’m much more of a conservative than a liberal. I just have some left-leaning beliefs, also

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“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes.

A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

 

Twitter: @HKTheResistance

 

HipKat, on *** other h***, is genuine, unapoli***tically nasty, and w**** his hea** on his ******. jc856

I’ll just forward them to Bridgett. comssvet11

Seek help. soflabillsfan

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14 minutes ago, HipKat said:

I know dude, I’m not coming down on you, I just know that no matter what I say either you’re not gonna get it or somebody else is not going to get it and it’s gonna make me look like I’m being combative. It’s just like I’ve always said, I’m much more of a conservative than a liberal. I just have some left-leaning beliefs, also

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13 hours ago, Thebowflexbody said:

f8 needs proof that the sun comes up in the morning.........

Damn. Good one! 

But actually I don't. The sun has never missed a day so ill assume it will rise tomorrow and long after I'm gone.

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1 hour ago, Philly'sFinest said:

You're bitch made

Without question

Why are you so angry all the time?

Is it paranoia? Stress? 

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2 hours ago, f8ta1ity54 said:

Why are you so angry all the time?

Is it paranoia? Stress? 

What makes you think this is anger?

I do more 🤣😂 than anything when reading anything you bozos post 

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