Anyone who could write something as ignorant and philosophically naive as this: “The right knows that facts and reason have a liberal bent”, needs to read this essay.
“Facts” have neither a liberal or conservative bent (do I really need to point this out?!). A fact is nothing in itself. A fact is information. Reason, as well, has no inherent liberal or conservative bent (how silly). We bring reason to bear as an analytical tool, a method, and we interpret facts, through a greater narrative/worldview/metaphysical lens (which is held by faith). It is this lens that leads us to believe (or “see”) that a fact, or what is reasonable, is of a liberal or conservative bent—or some other “bent” of meaning. How laughable to attribute to a “fact” some inherent political leaning. Should we divide everything up into liberal facts and conservative facts as if we could turn a “fact” over and see “liberal” or “conservative” stamped on the underbelly? How does the writer miss the hypocrisy here of her claiming personal objectivity, and objective facts, while telling us “facts” are of a liberal bent? All the while judging her opponents as biased! So much for objectivity. An objective person, who believes in objective facts, would say something like, “This fact could be interpreted in many ways, but here is why I think it best to look at it this way.” But this distinction is lost, clearly, on the writer and it would be lost on a conservative claiming that facts had a conservative bent. Such a claim by either is ridiculous.
This is the insanity of what debate has become in modernity. This is where we get people thinking the other person’s views are disproved by science, facts, or reason, when what is really going on is a philosophical disagreement stemming from differing narratives/worldviews. Instead of admitting this–each side tries to claim the other is biased and selective in their use of (or outright hostility to) facts, evidence, and reason. This goes nowhere because it is true of both sides, but it has nothing to do with the facts, evidence, or reason or their selective use–and all to do with the narrative, metaphysical, frameworks they each inhabit and bring to bear upon the facts and evidence.
Heather Cox Richardson is confusing the lens for the fact or reason. This is what leads her to be as blind to her own bias as the conservatives she rails against. We have the blind arguing against the blind. They deserve each other. May they both aimlessly flail about at each other in the ditch called modernity, which both have fallen into.
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