America’s Cult of Ignorance

There has been a wealth of fake news these days…..and some lap it up like a thirsty wildebeest …..there has been a big push, from the Right, to try and re-write history or to try and discredit it as best they can……even an anti-education movement…..

Let us look at democracy….you know that thing that we Americans are so proud of that it hurts…..Liddell Hart wrote……

We learn from history that democracy has commonly put a premium on conventionality. By its nature, it prefers those who keep step with the slowest march of thought and frowns on those who may disturb the “conspiracy for mutual inefficiency.” Thereby, this system of government tends to result in the triumph of mediocrity—and entails the exclusion of first-rate ability, if this is combined with honesty. But the alternative to it, despotism, almost inevitably means the triumph of stupidity. And of the two evils, the former is the less.

Hence it is better that ability should consent to its own sacrifice, and subordination to the regime of mediocrity, rather than assist in establishing a regime where, in the light of past experience, brute stupidity will be enthroned and ability may preserve its footing only at the price of dishonesty.

How accurate can one person be even 100 years ago?

All this has done one thing expertly….made Americans as ignorant as a stump.

More people are better educated than ever before, and knowledge is easier to come by.  So why do we so often scorn those who plainly know more than we do?

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’”

—Isaac Asimov

Source: America’s Cult of Ignorance – The Daily Beast

One of the best examples of this ignorance is the Press Secretary, Sean Spicer……all one has to do is listen to his answers to questions and the ignorance spills out like milk from an overturned glass….

The ignorance that has invaded our society goes all the way up to the White House……yes, I mean the president!

Let’s connect the dots between Donald Trump’s “tax plan”, his invitation to the murderous leader in Manila and saying he would be “honored” to meet with the dictator of North Korea. And let’s throw in his claim that Trumpcare will be better than Obamacare and that his skeletal tax plan would make him pay more.

While these facts might seem unrelated, each points to a fundamental truth about Trump that I have been trying to get people to understand since he announced his latest presidential campaign in June 2015: Trump doesn’t know anything.

Source: Donald Trump’s ignorance is becoming more evident with each passing day | David Cay Johnston | Opinion | The Guardian

Expertise is dying in this country…..everybody does not try to educate themselves for they are the smartest person they know…..

“Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn”  Ben Franklin

“I am patient with stupidity but not those that are proud of it”  Edith Sitwell

And then my fave quote….”Stupidity is the deliberate cultivation of ignorance”

Side Note:  I think Trump has proven that a good business man does not make a good president.  Maybe now we can put that piece shit slogan to bed for good.

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16 thoughts on “America’s Cult of Ignorance

  1. Trump has used his magical flute to entice ‘stupid’ out from under the rocks and to follow him to glorify ‘stupid’ !

    1. roger, that is well said and they “stupid” cannot see how they were played….the perfect marriage of ignorance and stupid….chuq

  2. America is an idiot factory!

    It’s easy to point at Trump and say “What an idiot!” Yet, 50% of voters chose this clown over somebody who is…well..sane…and at least mildly competent. But nobody mentions the 50% of people who are too lazy and/or too stupid to just cast a damn ballot once every 5 years. So, the proper perspective is that 75% of the population actively, or passively, supported Trump. And this isn’t the Trump of 30 years ago; a guy who (while still a crooked, sleazy, asshole) could still speak in coherent paragraphs. But that vastly superior version of Trump couldn’t gotten elected mayor of Atlantic City. That’s how far this society has fallen since the 80’s. Today, Trump “communicates” in disjointed grunts of 140 letters and routinely uses 1-2 word sentences. Very sad! Very sad! Yet 75% of the population is cool with this, probably because they’re no better.

    But he’s just a symptom of the disease. It’s as if every aspect of North American society has set out to generate increasingly stupid, self-involved, people with increasingly shorter attention spans. http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadians-now-have-shorter-attention-span-than-goldfish-thanks-to-portable-devices-microsoft-study (Huzzah, another excuse to use that link!) The important part of that study is the conclusion…that this is a GOOD THING! That’s because a public full of idiots with short attention spans is good for business. They’re easier to advertise to and spend every penny they have and then some. They have minimal memory and are incapable of critical thought…or any thought at all…They will just mindlessly fall for the simplest bullshit no matter what the cost. (see: Trump) They are the ideal citizens. People ruled by immediate self-gratification.

    The educational system is a joke, especially in “darker” school districts. America’s students are routinely internationally-ranked at/near the bottom in almost everything…except “self-confidence”. They’re confident they know more than anyone, even though they don’t know anything. And the culture only encourage them.

    Television was never overflowing with intellectually stimulating stuff. But Reality TV is like a nightly lobotomy and cable “news” is now just a bad parody of The Daily Show. Meanwhile, the Web-pipes not only shortens attention spans, it makes people more combative and intransigent in their stupidity. It separates people from all unwanted input. (aka anything that might improve your mind) For the few not dedicating their lives to cyber-stalking their favourite Saved By The Bell cast member, or taking pictures of their lunch….It doesn’t matter how stupid/insane/incorrect you are…https://sports.yahoo.com/news/so-apparently-shaquille-oneal-is-a-flat-earther-too-035813782.html ….there’s an on-line presence to back you up…https://wiki.tfes.org/The_Flat_Earth_Wiki….even if it means inventing shit out of thin air, which is becoming almost standard practice in the political sphere.

    Every aspect of the culture encourages idiocy. So, it’s hardly a big surprise when an egomaniac, Reality TV star, who is up every night until 3-4 AM throwing feces in Twit Zone is elected President! He knows his audience.

  3. You know, I’ve noticed a trend within my own little sphere of influence (that I think I have, but don’t really). People who on any given presidential year who have cared little about keeping up with politics are now nearly glued to cable news.. specifically CNN. Two examples… my ex-wife told me today that she is glued daily to CNN and in fear of even walking into the other room to pee and missing a breaking news report. My current GF.. who’s traditional interest in politics was only limited to the name of the current president… and where his wife got that dress, now amazes me daily in remembering all the political players in the news… the talking heads… anchors… and all the “sex” players over on FOX.
    CNN has reported on their site that their ratings have jumped past FOX… who has held the lead for years.
    I’m telling you.. there’s an interesting phenomenon going on as a result of Trump’s daily whackiness. People seem to be glued to their TV’s because it’s “reality TV” to the max…. 24/7! Even my oldest son, who’s traditional interest in politics was always a bit marginal.. has admitted to actually writing to his senator expressing his support to dump Trump.
    There’s a cultural thing going on here.

    Regarding the idea of ignorance (I personally like Asimove’s quote)…
    It’s been my “credo” that… knowledge is NOT power but rather knowing how to apply the knowledge you have is the true power. More like my “MacGuyver” principle.

    1. The phenom that you describe is going on everywhere….but is it true interest or just hoping to see something stupid as it happens? chuq

    2. It’s like watching a car crash. People just can’t divert their eyes from the carnage.

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