17.12.16

THAT IS WHY THEY LOSE.

A roundup of reactions to the Trump win, and the continuing self-inflicted wounds of the appletini set.

Start with Charles Camosy, explaining to Washington Post readers what the academic part of the Democrat-academic-media-entertainment complex got wrong.  "Higher education is isolated, insular and liberal. Average voters aren't."  I think he's referring to faculty and administration generally, and a smallish minority of students (the victim-studies major at an Ivy is about as representative of collegians generally as a steam locomotive is of railroads generally).

But his lament is more about the pernicious effects of trendy scholarship and deconstructing coherent beliefs of any kind than it is about sipping lattes, driving Priuses, or listening to National Pinko Public radio.
As a college professor, I know that there are many ways in which college graduates simply know more about the world than those who do not have such degrees. This is especially true — with some exceptions, of course — when it comes to “hard facts” learned in science, history and sociology courses.

But I also know that that those with college degrees — again, with some significant exceptions — don’t necessarily know philosophy or theology. And they have especially paltry knowledge about the foundational role that different philosophical or theological claims play in public thought compared with what is common to college campuses. In my experience, many professors and college students don’t even realize that their views on political issues rely on a particular philosophical or theological stance.
Madmen in authority ... but when your knowledge of Federalist 68 or the Emoluments Clause seems more opportunistic than internally consistent, that's what you get.  There's something to be said for teaching the foundations, ab initio.  Now it's possible, if you're really good with the fundamentals, that you can still fall into the smugness trap, as Mr Camosy notes.  "Sometimes the college-educated find themselves so unable to understand a particular working-class point of view that they will respond to those perspectives with shocking condescension."  But when you're running a political campaign, and you require those votes, it is you, dear Prius driver, who is in for a shock.
Thus today’s college graduates are formed by a campus culture that leaves them unable to understand people with unfamiliar or heterodox views on guns, abortion, religion, marriage, gender and privilege. And that same culture leads such educated people to either label those with whom they disagree as bad people or reduce their stated views on these issues as actually being about something else, as in Obama’s case. Most college grads in this culture are simply never forced to engage with or seriously consider professors or texts which could provide a genuine, compelling alternative view.
I wrote "Universities are failing at their mission. Contributing to this failure is a way of thinking we call 'politically correct.'" a quarter-century ago.  Slowly they will catch on.

As, perhaps, will the Media part of the complex.  Will Rahn of CBS "Rather Biased" News might be catching on.
Had Hillary Clinton won, there’d be a winking “we did it” feeling in the press, a sense that we were brave and called Trump a liar and saved the republic.

So much for that. The audience for our glib analysis and contempt for much of the electorate, it turned out, was rather limited. This was particularly true when it came to voters, the ones who turned out by the millions to deliver not only a rebuke to the political system but also the people who cover it. Trump knew what he was doing when he invited his crowds to jeer and hiss the reporters covering him. They hate us, and have for some time.
Yes, and on his gratitude victory lap around the pro-American parts of the country(TM) he's continuing to let his fans razz the drive-bys.

And perhaps Chuck "Chipmunk" Todd was right about wanting to establish a news bureau in Racine.
What’s worse, we don’t make much of an effort to really understand, and with too few exceptions, treat the economic grievances of Middle America like they’re some sort of punchline. Sometimes quite literally so, such as when reporters tweet out a photo of racist-looking Trump supporters and jokingly suggest that they must be upset about free trade or low wages.

We have to fix this, and the broken reasoning behind it. There’s a fleeting fun to gang-ups and groupthink. But it’s not worth what we are losing in the process.
On the other hand, it's so much easier to sip those appletinis somewhere near Grand Central Terminal, than to actually journey to Racine.

At Reason, David Harsanyi keeps it pithy.  "The left is so enveloped by its identity politics that it may not understand that the other half of the country is sick of it."  There's more, but that's the key. A few more episodes of the Student Affairs weenies going after college football teams, and the schism between the gentry and the proletariat of color will emerge.

Then there's a lengthy Armed and Dangerous post that has already been Instalanched.  Read and understand it anyway.
Your ideological lock on the elite media and show business has flipped from a powerful asset to a liability. Trump campaigned against that lock and won; his tactics can be and will be replicated. Worse, a self-created media bubble insulated you from grasping the actual concerns of the American public so completely that you didn’t realize the shit you were in until election night.
Yes, and future attempts to replicate are likely to be more polite and focussed than Mr Trump.

Viewpoint diversity.  It matters.

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