Monday, February 08, 2010

The Great Derangement

I finished “Idiot America” and now I’m reading Matt Taibbi’s “The Great Derangement.” It’s a tad dated but I think it will be an interesting read.

One point that Taibbi makes early on is that the various factions in the American political landscape don’t have a common set of facts to work from.

The implication is if we disagree on the simplest thing, the fundamental facts, how are we ever going to agree on complex issues like policies?

While I agree that working from a different understanding of the facts makes things difficult, I’m not sure this is a change. Did Americans ever agree on a common set of facts?

Somehow I doubt it.

I think I’ll wait and see how Taibbi develops this theme before commenting further.

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