It seems that the membership of the Reality-Based Community is shrinking.
The aide said that guys like me were “in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. “That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors… and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.
The “aide” was reputed to be Karl Rove. Even in 2004, he was declaring the ability of those in power to create reality by fiat. Now they are scaling up to industrial strength, with “fake news” or, as it should properly be called, propaganda.
When this finally catches up with the Right, we’re all going to suffer. Think about how delightful it was to be a German in 1947. Because that’s where we’re headed and the billionaires don’t care; their escape will cost them only a few basis points.