We Tea Party types are forever being accused of epistemic closure—coating our minds in the Armor All of ideology and refusing to associate with those who don’t share our prefabricated opinions. Occasionally this criticism is valid and needed. But focusing on it exclusively can obscure the fact that the Republican establishment has a similar problem.
There’s an indirect reference to the Closing of the Moderate Mind in a column today by Peter Beinart. Beinart, a Hillary Clinton sympathizer, recently attended an address given by Hillary at the New America Foundation, and noticed something odd: