Sociologists claim we can only know about 150 people well; from them, we derive our sense of community and family. The downside is that it means most of us live in positive feedback loops in which everyone we talk with mostly shares our same worldview. That can be deadly for politicians and political parties.
When Sen. Elizabeth Warren writes in the New York Times (as she did recently) that the reason Democrats are suffering in opinion polls is because they haven’t moved far enough or fast enough to the far Left, she illustrates the problem. Everything that the Massachusetts Democrat hears from her family, friends, colleagues, donors, and employees reinforces her ideological bias.
And she absolutely couldn’t be more wrong.
True believers have a blindness. They often cannot understand how anyone else could disagree with them. When they run across people who do, they tend to cast those differences in terms of moral shortcomings rather than disagreements of opinion. They become prisoners in their own echo chambers, lacking the dispassionate objectivity required to see beyond the horizon of their own ideologies. Worse, the consultants and pollsters they pay to maintain dispassion and objectivity either fall in line or end up excommunicated.
Incidentally, this is also why members of Twitter’s board can claim Elon Musk is an existential threat to free speech when he promises to lift their own constraints on free speech. They truly believe that free speech is speech that aligns with their version of reality. To the true believer, speech that doesn’t line up with their outlook isn’t free; it’s dangerous “misinformation.”
Given all this, it’s understandable, if not forgivable, that Warren advocates an even more radical lurch to the far Left as a way of enhancing the electoral prospects of the Democratic Party. Public officials elected from states or […]
They’re Trying to Shut Us Down
Over the last several months, I’ve lost count of how many times the powers-that-be have tried to shut us down. They’ve sent hackers at us, forcing us to take extreme measures on web security. They sent attorneys after us, but thankfully we’re not easily intimidated by baseless accusations or threats. They’ve even gone so far as to make physical threats. Those can actually be a bit worrisome but Remington has me covered.
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