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.''
Regardless of the ends that this particular historical manifestation of will to power/will to truth directed itself towards... the underlying idea there is a larger conception of politics than the one (modest improvements in things-as-they-are) envisioned (visionlessly) by the side I'm so very very glad won the last election (the sensible side, the sane side)
One of the things that perplexes people on the Left about heartland middle-or-low income Republican voters is why they vote against their own economic interests, why they side with plutocracy and corporations... as in. What's The Matter With Kansas?... but (once again disregarding the reactionary nature of those ideals and value from our point of view) surely voting for something bigger than or just other than your narrow economic interests, that's what politics should be, right?
Demographics-derived calculus of the Silver sort is a factsist regime that can't really account for things like tidal surges of fervour or interest-transcending idealism...
"The refusal to let facts get in the way" -- it sounds really bad, so pernicious. But then wasn't that what civil rights was? What abolitionism was?
Or what a counterculture is: the refusal of the limits of reality as currently understood and accepted.
The difference is: the counterculture defeated in the last election was refusing reality in the name of a past that never really was.... But (c.f. Mark Fisher's Capitalist Realism) it is possible for countercultures to refuse reality, to fly in the face of "facts", in the name of a future that could be.