The Kansas City Star - - Opinion - David Frum, The At­lantic

In­te­gral to the lib­eral project, in the broad sense of the word lib­eral, is con­fi­dence in the power of rea­son. That’s why lib­er­als in the broad sense are so uniquely hor­ri­fied by of­fi­cial ly­ing: How can we ar­gue against peo­ple who will spread fic­tions, if ser­vice­able to them, with­out a qualm?

Anti-lib­er­als, on the other hand, ap­pre­ci­ate the dark en­ergy of hu­man ir­ra­tional­ity — not merely as a fact of our na­ture to be ne­go­ti­ated, but as a po­tent po­lit­i­cal re­source. Peo­ple do not be­lieve what is true; they re­gard as true that which they wish to be­lieve.

That’s the foun­da­tional in­sight on which Don­ald Trump has built his ca­reer.

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