Nobel laureate economist and celebrated New York Times columnist Paul Krugman is one of our chief chroniclers of the extent to which the modern right has become detached from economic, scientific, and factual reality.
So it’s only fitting, I guess, that he has been reading my book The Republican Brain.
And how do I know that?
I’m belatedly reading Chris Mooney’s The Republican Brain: if truth be told, I was afraid the book would be too much red meat for my own predispositions, and wanted to keep my cool. But Mooney actually makes a very good point: the personality traits we associate with modern conservatism, above all a lack of openness, make the modern GOP fundamentally hostile to the very idea of objective inquiry. If they want your opinion, they’ll tell you what it is; doubters of orthodoxy need not apply, and will in fact be persecuted.
Chris Mooney wins again: we’re talking about personality types who aren’t responsive to evidence. Indeed, the more often you show them that their hard-money, anti-spending prejudices have been proven wrong, the more deeply those prejudices become entrenched.
I’m thrilled to have such a distinguished reader, and I’m really glad he seems to be getting a lot out of the book.