Found this while trawling for lookalikes. I think the main divide between political cynics/realists is their answer to this dichotomy:
The more I observe people to be self-consciously deceitful, evil, and cruel, the more I think it is the former. This makes me a conspiracy theorist, who assumes that the top people like to insulate themselves with a layer of dullards underneath. A proper conservative assumes the latter. In response, I claim that plausible deniability is for chumps.
A quintessential upper-middle class lady who has Parkinson’s, a pinnacle of respectability (her downtown Lutheran church imported a gay pastor from Alabama), once whispered to me that she really didn’t like to be cared for by black people. As cognitive function breaks down, you see a lot of this sort of thing.