“Cognitive Dissonance” is the obvious* answer to Mirengoff’s fascination over the “Forever Young” attributes of the 60’s Dem generation. Cognitive dissonance is a psychological phenomenon which refers to the discomfort felt at a discrepancy between what one already believes, and incoming information. If the new information doesn’t match up with existing beliefs, then something has to give way. Until it does, mental discomfort manifests.
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(Via Charles Johnson.)