The Ideology of Isolation

Harper’s Magazine

Here is the first paragraph:

If you boil the strange soup of contemporary right-wing ideology down to a sort of bouillon cube, you find the idea that things are not connected to other things, that people are not connected to other people, and that they are all better off unconnected. The core values are individual freedom and individual responsibility: yourself for yourself on your own. Out of this Glorious Disconnect comes all sorts of illogical thinking. Taken to its conclusion, this worldview dictates that even facts are freestanding items that the self-made man can manufacture for use as he sees fit.

This is a satisfactory answer to questions like “Why Trump?” and “Why Brexit?” Except it causes a thinking person to ask even more questions.

Rebecca Solnit is a sharp observer. And can’t resist a few digs at their attitude towards women.

I’m at a loss to decide what category to place this under – mass idiocy, perhaps?

Let me know what you think.

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