from Peggy Noonan at The Wall Street Journal, A Dramatic Lesson About Political Actors
“Borgen” captures this: History is human. Political leaders are driven by personal imperatives every bit as much as—often more than—public ones.
It demonstrates, knowingly or not, that to be of the left in the Western political context is to operate in a broad, deep, richly populated liberal-world that rarely if ever is pierced by contrary thought. They are in a bubble they can’t see, even as they accuse others of living in bubbles. Birgitte sees herself as practical and pragmatic, and she is—within a broader context of absolute and unquestioned ideology.
It reminded me that as a general rule political parties and political actors do not change their minds based on evidence or argument. They have to be beaten. Only then can they rationalize change to themselves and their colleagues: “We keep losing!” Defeat is the only condition in which they can see the need for change. They have to be concussed into it.
The Left wins, not because they are right, but because they are more politically united.
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