The above image is of a ouroboros (a serpent biting its tail). Nothing gets in. Nothing gets out. It’s why the right is so goofed up in the United States right now. Its epistemic closure divorces it from reality. And the Republican gerrymandering of Congressional districts (based on the last census) isolates its crazier politicians (Michelle Bachmann, etc.) from serious electoral consequences.
The following quote from Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) seems apt: “[O]nce it has established its premise, its point of departure, experiences no longer interfere with ideological thinking, nor can it be taught by reality.”
Quote source: Arendt’s “Ideology and Terror,” quoted in Mary-Jane Rubenstein’s Strange Wonder (Columbia 2008, p. 23).
Image source: Wikipedia Commons.