Krugman nails the GOP anti-reality mindset
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    Krugman nails the GOP anti-reality mindset

    What was Mr. Rubio’s complaint about science teaching? That it might undermine children’s faith in what their parents told them to believe. And right there you have the modern G.O.P.’s attitude, not just toward biology, but toward everything: If evidence seems to contradict faith, suppress the evidence.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/23/op...planet.html?hp

    Krugman is absolutely correct. The GOP are becoming much like the Taliban, afraid that knowledge and science will supplant their authority. Their attacks on evolution, global climate change, Nate Silver's science-based approach to polling, basic economics, etc. show a stubborn refusal to acknowledge the very reality staring them in the face.

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    There's the real world—

    and then there's the right-wing world where CO2 in the atmosphere helps trees grow, the rich shower money on the 99%, and Adam and Eve had to step over dinosaur poop.

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    Angry Authoritarianism.

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/23/op...planet.html?hp

    Krugman is absolutely correct. The GOP are becoming much like the Taliban, afraid that knowledge and science will supplant their authority. Their attacks on evolution, global climate change, Nate Silver's science-based approach to polling, basic economics, etc. show a stubborn refusal to acknowledge the very reality staring them in the face.
    As Mr. Mooney showed, modern American conservatism is highly correlated with authoritarian inclinations — and authoritarians are strongly inclined to reject any evidence contradicting their prior beliefs. Today’s Republicans cocoon themselves in an alternate reality defined by Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page, and only on rare occasions — like on election night — encounter any hint that what they believe might not be true.

    And, no, it’s not symmetric. Liberals, being human, often give in to wishful thinking — but not in the same systematic, all-encompassing way.

    Authoritarianism is what Repubs have in common with the Taliban, caliphates around the world, and looking back, the totalitarian dictators of the past. Believing orthodoxy over truth, refusing to compromise, was exactly how the Third Reich came to power. OTOH, Mitt Romney sure couldn't wrap up the crowds like Adolf Hitler.

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