Some insight from Walter Russell Mead

Several choice quotes from Mr. Mead’s recent post “Putin Smashes Washington’s Cocoon” about our leftist elites:

Well educated, successful and reasonably liberal minded Americans find it very hard to believe that other people actually see the world in different ways. They can see that Vladimir Putin is not a stupid man and that many of his Russian officials are sophisticated and seasoned observers of the world scene. American experts and academics assume that smart people everywhere must want the same things and reach the same conclusions about the way the world works.

Liberal “diversity” is only skin-deep:

We blame this in part on the absence of true intellectual and ideological diversity in so much of the academy, the policy world and the mainstream media. Most college kids at good schools today know many more people from different races and cultural groups than their grandparents did, but they are much less exposed to people who think outside the left-liberal box.

(Note how Mead speaks of “the academy, the policy world and the mainstream media” as an ideological (and left-liberal) unit, this triad being, essentially, the core of Moldbug’s Cathedral).

And more:

As far as we can tell, the default assumption guiding our political leadership these days is that the people on the other side of the bargaining table (unless they are mindless Tea Party Republicans) are fundamentally reasonable people who see the world as we do, and are motivated by the same things that motivate us.

Too much of the Washington policy establishment looks around the world and sees only reflections of its own enlightened self.

Read the whole thing.

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