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The Prospect editorial: The election revealed that the elite was stuck in an echo chamber

Prospect editor Tom Clark on Election 2017—and how the writers in our new issue make sense of it

By Tom Clark   July 2017

The educated classes spent the last year despairing at know-nothing Brexit and Trump voters. “Post-truth” was named OED word of 2016, and it’s now the title of three new books (all reviewed by Simon Blackburn). Anxiety abounds about ignoramuses sealing themselves off to trade in what Kellyanne Conway calls “alternative facts,” the echo chamber effect.

But a stunning election result has revealed that those who imagine themselves experts on politics know a great deal less than they thought. Jeremy Corbyn was written off as doomed by the media, and four in five…

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