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Friday June 14th 2019Tim Candler9

 

    Of the very sensible findings in the GOP autopsy that followed the 2012 Presidential Election some are well worth recalling. "Listen to Minorities." "Gays aren't going away," "Stop being the rich guys." And the one that jumps out and bites you on the nose was referred to as "Epistemic Closure," which does seem like a term that might only be found in the fever swamps of academia. Yet back in 2010, the term was dancing around the thought processes of what they call Conservative Movement Intelligentsia, many of whom dismissed the whole accusation of epistemic closure as  'wingnuttery,' 'epistemic one-sidedness' and 'lunacy' as they went on to claim that conservative movement was intellectually in excellent fettle and indeed it was the so called Liberals with their political correctness who were the ones struggling with epistemic closure in just the same way as Liberals had been struggling since the 1930's with all that tyrannical destroyer of liberty New Deal nonsense, an area the more radical Conservative Movement Intelligentsia have been averse to since they accused President Eisenhower of being far too Liberal.

 

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   But you have to forgive intelligentsias of all shades, they do tend to look down upon us mortals, not so much because we're stupid, more because we often have no idea what they're even talking about unless it becomes something like a meme, which doesn't say much for us but there you go. By epistemic closure the authors of the 2012 GOP autopsy basically chose a polite way of meaning "losing touch with the reality out there." All very well for the GOP propagandists to throw red meat at the general populace, but, the claim by some conservatives was, Conservative Intelligentsia had a responsibility to be guided by boring stuff like facts and figures.  This is what the GOP 2012 autopsy said, "We have become expert in how to provide ideological reinforcement to like-minded people, but devastatingly we have lost the ability to be persuasive with, or welcoming to, those who do not agree with us on every issue. Instead of driving around in circles on an ideological cul-de-sac, we need a Party whose brand of conservatism invites and inspires new people to visit us." All of which went to the shredder in the months before the 2016 Presidential Election. For those counting the 2012 GOP Autopsy was 100 single space pages.

  

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