One of the puzzles of the past election is the near apocalyptic rhetoric, mostly from the right but also from the left, regarding the problems facing the country. David Brooks captures this nicely in his editorial on Alienation and the kind of politics it leads to. Read it here A few interesting bits — first if you get a chance to see the kind of outrageous hysteria generated by the election read this piece (by an academic) that compares the possible election of Clinton to the hijacking of Flight 93. The first sentence:
The Flight 93 Election
is the Flight 93 election: charge the cockpit or you die. You may die anyway. You—or the leader of your party—may make it into the cockpit and not know how to fly or land the plane. There are no guarantees.
Except one: if you don’t try, death is certain.
Get it? If Clinton is elected we will die. Some people are just stupid.
But Brooks also has a good quote about why such bizarre, even freakish, hyperbole, comes out:
The Alienated Mind – The New York Times <!–
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Worse, alienation breeds a distrust that corrodes any collective effort. To be “woke” in the alienated culture is to embrace the most cynical interpretation of every situation, to assume bad intent in every actor, to imagine the conspiratorial malevolence of your foes.