Pondering about the well-known phenomenon of American conservatives' stubborn refusal to consider contrary arguments, Jonathan Chait, a leading Republican-watcher for the liberal media, wrote (February 5, 2005) for New Republic:
"What appears to be conservative economic reasoning is actually a kind of backward reasoning. It begins with the conclusion and marches back through the premises." (here)Chait makes some good points; others, well, not so much.
But believe me when I say this, Jonathan: I can relate to the quote above.