(Frum 2011) When did the GOP lose touch with reality?

Frum, David. When did the GOP lose touch with reality? New York. 2011 Nov 28. Internet version: 2011 Nov 20. Available from: http://nymag.com/news/politics/conservatives-david-frum-2011-11/.

Dissident conservative David Frum, a former speechwriter for George W. Bush, warns the Right that they have fallen into a self-reinforcing, closed-loop feedback thought pattern that is no longer responsive to inputs of basic fact. This process is driven largely by the right-wing media, especially Fox News and talk radio, and it affects the same wealthy conservatives who fund the Right:

When contemplating the ruthless brilliance of this system, it’s tempting to fall back on the theory that the GOP is masterminded by a cadre of sinister billionaires, deftly manipulating the political process for their own benefit. The billionaires do exist, and some do indeed attempt to influence the political process. … Yet, for the most part, these Republican billionaires are not acting cynically. They watch Fox News too, and they’re gripped by the same apocalyptic fears as the Republican base. In funding the tea-party movement, they are actually acting against their own longer-term interests, for it is the richest who have the most interest in political stability, which depends upon broad societal agreement that the existing distribution of rewards is fair and reasonable. If the social order comes to seem unjust to large numbers of people, what happens next will make Occupy Wall Street look like a street fair.


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