Make Expertise Great Again

From Jonathan Chait in New York magazine on how the president and the GOP have completely botched the coronavirus response:

The distrust and open dismissal of expertise and authority may seem uniquely contemporary — a phenomenon of the Trump era, or the rise of online misinformation. But the president and his party are the products of a decades-long war against the functioning of good government, a collapse of trust in experts and empiricism, and the spread of a kind of magical thinking that flourishes in a hothouse atmosphere that can seal out reality. While it’s not exactly shocking to see a Republican administration be destroyed by incompetent management — it happened to the last one, after all — the willfulness of it is still mind-boggling and has led to the unnecessary sickness and death of hundreds of thousands of people and the torpedoing of the reelection prospects of the president himself.

I’ve long thought that Trump & the modern day GOP did not come into existence out of nothing…they are the culmination of an ideology that does not value objective facts or known reality. This creates a skewed political climate in which only one side acknowledges science, public health, etc., and another does not.

(When one side doesn’t even play by the same rules as the other, how is it even a fair game?)

Stephen Colbert took this concept and ran with it almost 15 years ago – & since then, I only think the idea of “truthiness” has only gotten worse on the right side of the aisle.—truthiness

(Image attributed to Lorie Shaull from St Paul, Minnesota under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license)

By Tristan Fitzpatrick

Progressive blogger.

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