I know I make the point a lot that much of movement conservatism/Modern Republicanism operates in a
intellectuallycognitively similar manner to the creationist movement. But the reason the comparison is instructive is that creationism (whether young earth or intelligent design) is so obviously stupid that it forces you to confront what is actually going on. For many people, economics or foreign policy (or at least subtopics in these areas) are difficult enough that you are tempted to cede that they might have a legitimate point of view, but one that is nonetheless very different than yours. But creationism puts the lie to that.
You start to comprehend the sheer disingenuity (or lies) that creationists put forth–they have to know, at this point, what scientists mean by theory. And they choose not to know (the more recent and sophisticated version of this strategy involves ‘irreducible complexity’, which is also routinely demolished by biologists). Perhaps that’s why, unlike digby, I’m not surprised or astonished at all by willful ignorance by conservatives–the theopolitical ones have been doing this for years (italics original; boldface mine):
Krugman had to explain the “paradox of thrift” yesterday on television, something that seems pretty elementary to me just from my rudimentary understanding of Keynesian economics, but is apparently something that is entirely rejected by most conservatives. It’s not that they don’t understand it, it’s that they refuse to believe it. They make their own reality (or, as I used to say during the Bush years, it’s the politics of “you can believe me or you can believe your lying eyes,”) by building an edifice of knowledge and scholarship to make it appear that their “revisionism” is common knowledge. They are not content (or able) to make their arguments from the standpoint of a commonly agreed upon set of facts. They insist on offering a completely alternate narrative based on entirely different facts — post modern politics at its most sophisticated.
Isn’t this the Creation Museum in a nutshell? It’s very sad: I certainly appreciate the conservative impulse and a healthy skepticism towards government (in my life, I’ve lived in Providence, New Haven, Long Island, and Boston, among other places. I realize that government can be corrupt). But Republican economics, as espoused by leading Republican politicians and pundits, is utterly insane, just as creationism is. Even David Brooks gets that….