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I wrote about the significant epistemic shortcomings inherent in our political culture.

There are institutions all across society that are conducive to truth-telling—but our political discourse is not one of them. arcdigital.media/building-a-cul…
What a culture minimally needs in order to be truth-friendly is an evaluative environment where its inhabitants can assess the truth or falsity of claims primarily according to their semantic content. That’s not possible in politics.
Yet when you've got an epistemic environment organized around political victory as its highest good, the devaluing of truth is ensured.

In such a system, claims aren't accepted on the basis of their truth status but rather on the basis of their usefulness to the political cause.
Of course, not all environments are like this.

Here are examples of ways other settings structurally encourage truth-telling.
But in politics it’s just sloganeering all the way down.

Take the saying *facts don’t care about your feelings*. arcdigital.media/building-a-cul…
This saying suggests a simple binary between steely-eyed realists sensing a heroic obligation to proclaim the world as it really is, and utopian dreamers futilely imposing their moral vision onto a world inhospitable to their feelgoodery.
But boosting this slogan actually just outs you as a thoroughgoing partisan.

How can we tell? Because that's its purpose. It is lab-engineered to be used against the libs.
Oh, you think the saying is merely a neutral principle intended by its users to apply to anyone—friends included?

arcdigital.media/building-a-cul…
What a remarkable coincidence that all the *facts* supposedly being denied based on feelings somehow perfectly resembles the canonical list of right-wing culture war grievances.

What are the odds! arcdigital.media/building-a-cul…
OK, so, where to start?

Start by modeling a different way.

Assess claims on the basis of reasons, not on who they benefit, or what your chums will say.

This isn’t the stuff of revolutions. But it can incrementally help to break the partisan spell. arcdigital.media/building-a-cul…
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