One of the things that is being underscored by the war against Russia is the isolation and insularity of the political class. They live in a tightly controlled narrative structure in which all of their information is filtered by the fulltime and permanent policy making class that controls the official narratives. The readings in the show this week are intended to show how that narrative structure is built.
It is a good example of how managerialism works in practice. There is real information about what is happening on the battlefield. The American military has men on the ground observing the Ukraine army. They have men in Kiev working with the political and military control systems. These people feed information back to Washington within their respective chain of command.
That information does not get to the politicians. Instead, the top people in the various agencies decide what will end up in official briefings. They work with the semi-permanent foreign policy community, controlled by the Kagan cult, to decide what gets transmitted to the political class. It gets transmitted via direct briefing, through aides and advisors or through the media.
Mostly what the politicians get is a moral framework. You see this in these pieces in the show, especially the first one. With regards to Ukraine, the managerial class has provided a moral framework for the politicians and then provided them safe options within that framework. Various politicians are then given information to argue their preferred position within that framework.
Most everyone has wondered why no one in Washington asks the obvious questions about the issues of the day. The reason is, they live in a simulation of reality so that what is obvious to you is not obvious to them. A few long serving insiders in leadership will have some access to the truth, but that is only because they have been around so long their handlers know they will not stray from the script.
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- Thomas Friedman (Link)
- David Goldman (Link)
- Edward Luttwak (Link)
- Roger Wicker (Link)
- Tom Cotton (Link)
- Noah Rothman (Link)
- Ukrainian Guy (Link)
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