I’m sure that this affects all sides of an argument but there is only one side of the political spectrum that bases its ideology on separating political reality from actual reality…
The author states this:
“This sort of “cultural cognition” model has profound implications for all sorts of things. In the Syrian situation, for instance, it may not matter whether Syria used chemical weapons against its own people. What may matter more to you is whether you believe Barack Obama when he presents that objective set of facts. Facts don’t matter. Who describes them to you does.”
Actually, it does matter about the facts for me. I don’t doubt that there were chemical weapons used in Syria. My opposition is based on Obama’s MOTIVATION to go, not his recitation (or manipulation) of the facts.
Facts are facts, of that there is no dispute…but what constitutes a “fact”? I can accept climate change as a fact without believing that man is the primary cause. The problem in public policy is when a “fact” is assumed in order to support a particular worldview and policy is built on it. Public policy is more about the politics of power and motivation these days than actual sound policy.