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The obscene moral hypocrisy on Brussels: Why are terror attacks against civilians in the Middle East ignored?

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  • The hundreds killed in the Middle East in the past few days don't get a fraction of the attention dead Europeans do.
  • Until the deaths of the infinitely more victims of Western crimes are mourned equally (the millions of dead Iraqis, Yemenis and Libyans — not to mention the countless more Afghans, Palestinians, Syrians, Pakistanis, Somalis, Nigerians, Congolese and more), the whole charade following tragic attacks like those seen in Brussels and Paris reeks of extreme hypocrisy — moral and political hypocrisy that is nothing short of obscene.

Ben Norton, Salon

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Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 | When a bomb emblazoned with “Made in USA” massacres civilians in the Middle East, scarcely a single tear is shed. When Westerners are subjected to the same terror people in Muslim-majority countries endure on a regular basis, the sky falls.

We have seen it numerous times — in Paris in January and November 2015, and in Brussels now. The response of the international community makes it clear: the lives of Westerners (particularly the white ones) are valued exponentially more than those of people in the Middle East.

Ben Norton is a politics staff writer at Salon

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America, you’re stupid: Donald Trump’s political triumph makes it official — we’re a nation of idiots

  • Trump's rise proves we're full of loud, illiterate and credulous people — and he's a mirror of them
  • The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America
  • Notre Dame Prof: Our Schools are Committing ‘Civilizational Suicide’ 

Sean Illing, Salon

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2016 | “I love the poorly educated.” — Donald Trump

Before any votes were cast, when Donald Trump was the theoretical front-runner, the optimists preached patience. Just wait, they said. This will blow over. He’s a clown, a huckster, a TV personality. There’s no way he can win. It’s just not possible.

Well, it’s not only possible – it’s likely.

Trump won again in Nevada on Tuesday night, by a massive margin, and he may well sweep the Super Tuesday states. If that happens, and it’s the most probable outcome at this point, the race is effectively over. Trump will have won the nomination of one our two major parties, and he’ll have done it with extraordinary ease.

Sean Illing is a USAF veteran who previously taught philosophy and politics at Loyola and LSU. He is currently a staff writer for Salon.

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The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America, Ray Williams, Psychology Today / Signs of the Times 

  • Our education system produces solipsistic, self-contained selves whose only public commitment is an absence of commitment to a public, a common culture, a shared history. They are perfectly hollowed vessels, receptive and obedient, without any real obligations or devotions. --Professor Patrick Deneen explains how kids have become a generation of know-nothings
  • Is Education the overlooked issue of 2016?
  • The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America

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Notre Dame Prof: Our Schools are Committing ‘Civilizational Suicide’ Daniel Lattier, Intellectual Takeout

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As Alasdair MacIntyre lamented in After Virtue, “[T]he barbarians are not waiting beyond the frontiers; they have already been governing us for quite some time.” It’s perhaps too late to avoid a new Dark Age. Now is the time to begin the effort of recovery and rebuilding.

Here’s 6 Common Welfare Myths We All Need to Stop Believing

  • Debunked.
  • Why wealthy Americans’ delusions about the poor are so dangerous.

Tom Cahill, U. S. Uncut

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Some of the more persistent myths about welfare recipients and the welfare system have been thoroughly debunked thanks to economic research. Busting these offensive and insensitive myths can help us better understand how to simultaneously help impoverished families become economically stable and save taxpayers’ money.

Tom Cahill is a writer for US Uncut based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. 

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Why wealthy Americans’ delusions about the poor are so dangerous, David Sirota, Salon

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  • Regressive state and local tax policies don’t just harm the working class -- they can ruin entire economies.
  • The False Debate on Homelessness

Notre Dame Prof: Our Schools are Committing ‘Civilizational Suicide’

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  • As Alasdair MacIntyre lamented in After Virtue, “[T]he barbarians are not waiting beyond the frontiers; they have already been governing us for quite some time.” It’s perhaps too late to avoid a new Dark Age. Now is the time to begin the effort of recovery and rebuilding.
  • What American Education Has in Common with the Dark Ages
  • America, you’re stupid: Donald Trump’s political triumph makes it official — we’re a nation of idiots. 

Daniel Lattier, Intellectual Takeout

March 1, 2016 | Dr. Patrick Deneen has taught in some of America’s finest universities. He has been a professor at Princeton, Georgetown, and is now in the political science department at Notre Dame.

So what’s his assessment of America’s best students?

“My students are know-nothings.”

In an extremely important essay posted to Minding the Campus titled How a Generation Lost Its Common Culture,” Deneen further describes his students:

Daniel Lattier is the Vice President of Intellectual Takeout. In his role, he oversees the daily operations, production of content for the website, and messaging on social media. 

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  • Interestingly, in America today, one finds some of these same trends: fewer students are exposed to philosophy (which used to be taught at the high school age), there are reports of teacher shortages, 20% of four-year college students now take remedial courses, and 27% of adults didn’t read a single book last year. The general consensus is that American education is in crisis.
  • Anti-Intellectualism and the "Dumbing Down" of America

 

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America, you’re stupid: Donald Trump’s political triumph makes it official — we’re a nation of idiots, Sean Illing, Salon <

  • Trump's rise proves we're full of loud, illiterate and credulous people — and he's a mirror of them.
  • The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America
  • Notre Dame Prof: Our Schools are Committing ‘Civilizational Suicide’. 

Why wealthy Americans’ delusions about the poor are so dangerous

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  • Regressive state and local tax policies don’t just harm the working class -- they can ruin entire economies.
  • The False Debate on Homelessness
  • Here’s 6 Common Welfare Myths We All Need to Stop Believing

David Sirota, Salon

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Friday, Jan 23, 2015 |  American politics are dominated by those with money. As such, America’s tax debate is dominated by voices that insist the rich are unduly persecuted by high taxes and that low-income folks are living the high life. Indeed, a new survey by the Pew Research Center recently found that the most financially secure Americans believe “poor people today have it easy.”

The rich are certainly entitled to their own opinions — but, as the old saying goes, nobody is entitled to their own facts. With that in mind, here’s a set of tax facts that’s worth considering: Middle- and low-income Americans are facing far higher state and local tax rates than the wealthy. In all, a comprehensive analysis by the nonpartisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy finds that the poorest 20 percent of households pay on average more than twice the effective state and local tax rate (10.9 percent) as the richest 1 percent of taxpayers (5.4 percent).

David Sirota is a senior writer for the International Business Times and the best-selling author of the books "Hostile Takeover," "The Uprising" and "Back to Our Future." 

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The False Debate on Homelessness, Amien Essif, Jacobin

  • Homelessness is the natural result of a system that makes some fantastically wealthy and others desperately poor.
  • John Steppling | Hollywood, the Police and the Poor

 

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Here’s 6 Common Welfare Myths We All Need to Stop Believing, Tom Cahill, U. S. Uncut <http://usuncut.com>

  • Debunked.
  • Why wealthy Americans’ delusions about the poor are so dangerous

The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America

  • Our education system produces solipsistic, self-contained selves whose only public commitment is an absence of commitment to a public, a common culture, a shared history. They are perfectly hollowed vessels, receptive and obedient, without any real obligations or devotions. --Professor Patrick Deneen explains how kids have become a generation of know-nothings
  • Is Education the overlooked issue of 2016?
  • The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America

Ray Williams, Psychology Today / Signs of the Times

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Sat, 07 Jun 2014 | There is a growing and disturbing trend of anti-intellectual elitism in American culture. It's the dismissal of science, the arts, and humanities and their replacement by entertainment, self-righteousness, ignorance, and deliberate gullibility

Susan Jacoby, author of The Age of American Unreason, says in an article in the Washington Post, "Dumbness, to paraphrase the late senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, has been steadily defined downward for several decades, by a combination of heretofore irresistible forces. These include the triumph of video culture over print culture; a disjunction between Americans' rising level of formal education and their shaky grasp of basic geography, science and history; and the fusion of anti-rationalism with anti-intellectualism." 

Ray Williams is President of Ray Williams Associates, a firm based in Vancouver, providing executive coaching and professional speaking services. 

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Is Education the overlooked issue of 2016? Jon Nichols, Political Moll

  • “Read John Taylor Gatto’s The Underground History of American Education,” the high school teacher said to me at the end of the night.
  • What American Education Has in Common with the Dark Ages

 

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The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America, Ray Williams, Psychology Today / Signs of the Times

Trumbo to Trump, When Did America Become So Afraid?

  • We, you and I, all of us, bear the responsibility of knowing and understanding what is going on--in our communities, our states, our nation and the world. 
  • Do all this from a position of strength, a positive, unafraid, place, as citizens. Be engaged, be smart, indulge yourself in critical thinking. Take nothing at face value and care enough to get the answers. 
  • Maybe not the answer you 'want' but THE answer none the less.
  • Are Americans Too Insouciant To Survive?

Mike Hegedus, Huffington Post 

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02/25/2016 | Here's the scene setter. My living room, a glass of wine (or two), early evening, and---- I'm watching the recent film 'Trumbo' with Academy Award Nominee Brian Cranston in the lead role and about halfway through I jump up and yell, 'I can't believe it, it's just like today! They're talking about today!!!' I keep going on about it for nearly ten minutes, my wife alternately pausing and playing the film in between outbursts so she doesn't miss any dialog. 'What do you mean it's like today?' she wants to know. 'It's like today because those guys played on the public's fear of 'communism', wanted to deport 'unAmericans', black listed a bunch, wow, just like today!' 'Uh Huh', she says. She has seen me do this before. Back to the movie.

But even after the credits rolled and sleep intervened the thought just wouldn't go away. When did we, America and it's citizens, become so afraid? The current political climate is oft explained by my colleagues in the media and those running for office as a reflection of America's 'anger'. We're pissed off at Congress, the President, the government in general, Wall Street, big 'pharma', you name it 'we' don't like it very much. However, anger is often simply a mask to cover up something else. We're afraid.

Mike Hegedus: Media consultant, Journalism Instructor and former CNBC correspondent

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Are Americans Too Insouciant To Survive?, Paul Craig Roberts, OpEdNews

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  • The inability of Americans to realize that they are being taken into a conflict that benefits only the profits and power of the military-security complex and the ideology of a small group of crazies demonstrates the impotence of American democracy.
  • Losing Our Way

 

Are Americans Too Insouciant To Survive?

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  • The inability of Americans to realize that they are being taken into a conflict that benefits only the profits and power of the military-security complex and the ideology of a small group of crazies demonstrates the impotence of American democracy.
  • Losing Our Way

Paul Craig Roberts, OpEdNews

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  http://www.opednews.com/populum/uploadphotos/s_300_i_ytimg_com_12495_F9GrFOH4TUo_hqdefault_884.gif 2/11/2016 | When one looks at the deplorable state of the world, one cannot help but wonder at the insouciance of the American people. Where are they? Do they exist or are they a myth? Have they been put to sleep by an evil demon? Are they so lost in The Matrix that they cannot get out?

Ever since Clinton's second term the US has been consistently acting internationally and domestically as a criminal, disregarding its own laws, international laws, the sovereignty of other countries, and the US Constitution. A worse criminal government has never existed. Yet, Americans remain subservient to the criminals that they have placed in power over themselves.

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury for Economic Policy in the Reagan Administration. He was associate editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal, columnist for Business Week and the Scripps Howard News Service. He is a contributing editor to Gerald Celente's Trends Journal. He has had numerous university appointments.

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Losing Our Way, Bob Herbert, New York (NY) Times

  • New ideas and new leadership have seldom been more urgently needed.
  • Series | How America Can Recover from Addiction, Dysfunction,  and Corruption, Part 1: We admitted we were in a hell of a mess, that our country was in a downward spiral

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