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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:

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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

The media is NOT doing its job!

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  • The American people deserve a better media: one that learns and remembers the role and responsibility it holds as the fourth estate. Not only do we  deserve it, but the survival of American values and functioning also  requires it.
  • We must force (political leaders) to think about the consequences of their words and their policies. But to do so we need a probing, intelligent, and courageous press - long MIA. 
  • Part 1: American Media Is Failing Us
  • Part 2: A Very Good Question for all Candidates and Reporters

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Part 1: American Media Is Failing Us

I truly believe that the American people deserve better media that learns and remembers the role and responsibility it holds as the fourth estate. Not only do we deserve it, but the survival of American values and functioning also requires it.

Anna Nti-Asare, Huffington Post

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01/14/2016 | The media, which is considered the fourth estate for the position it holds in democratic functioning, plays a crucial role in the U.S.... or at least it is supposed to. According to Dr. JP Shea, the following comprise the media's purpose: informing the public of what is happening on a local and international scale, provoking public debates in order to encourage more public participation in important national decisions, uncovering abuses and applying pressure for their rectification, "aler[ting] and mobilizing public opinion to humanitarian causes and injustices," demonstrating political diversity by highlighting different views and approaches to issues, and keeping politicians in tune with public wants and needs as well as giving politicians a platform to express their proposed policies.

Shea goes on to explain that with this huge role comes many responsibilities, that include maintaining a distinction between facts and opinion, using only trained and professional reporters who know what they are talking about, and explaining issues without trivializing nor sensationalizing, among others.

Anna Nti-Asare: Writer and teacher based in the Bay Area. Stanford University BA, University of Cambridge MPhil - Specializes in Race and Gender Studies.

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Part 2: A Very Good Question for all Candidates and Reporters

Honoring life is caring for the living - be that the poor mother or the child. If the reporters could only focus on the everyday lives of everyday people we might force (political leaders) to think about the consequences of their words and their policies. But to do so we need a probing, intelligent, and courageous press - long MIA. We need reporters without borders.

Sherman YellenHuffington Post

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The very good questions are rarely if ever asked during political campaigns. My very good question for today follows: Why do skilled reporters fail to ask the follow-up questions of candidates that seem so necessary? At least they do seem necessary to me.

Sherman Yellen: Screenwriter, Playwright, memoirist, and Lyricist

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Debunking the Lesser-of-Two-Evils Voting Theory

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  • Ultimately, the lesser-of-two-evils voter theory wrests on a backwards principle — that voters should vote against their least-favorite candidate rather than voting for their favorite candidate. It is not the voter’s job to win the election for a political party or candidate. Candidates and political parties must earn the support of voters by choosing positions that will convince them to travel to a polling location and pull the lever in the voting booth.
  • The Lesser of Two Evil Game of Pretend Must End
  • Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 9: 12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils"

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http://ivn.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/ross-perot.jpg?fc7bd8 Anyone who has ever supported a third-party presidential candidate in an election has likely had to defend their decision from partisans who endorse the lesser-of-two-evils voter theory. By the logic offered by proponents of the theory, anyone who votes for an independent candidate is at best wasting their vote, and at worst handing the election over to their least-favorite major-party candidate.

With as many as four potential Supreme Court replacements looming during the next presidency, partisans will doubtlessly wield the argument with ferocious intensity during the run-up to the 2016 presidential general election.

The Truth In Media Project, founded by award-winning journalist Ben Swann, is the source for uninfluenced, reliable and fearless news.

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The Lesser of Two Evil Game of Pretend Must End, Sane Progressive / YouTube 

  • Find Your Courage
  • Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 8: Ralph Nader explains how voting for the ‘least worst’ candidate corrupts democracy.
  • Ignorance Is Not Bliss: The Need for Civic Education in the United States

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Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 9: 12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils" Debra Sweet, OpEdNews

  • If somebody you love is addicted to the "lesser" of two evils, please refer them to the following 12 step program.
  • Step 12: As a result of these steps, you can now carry the message to those who still suffer from an addiction to the Democratic Party. Nothing is as liberating as resisting an evil when you know it's wrong.
  • The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction
  • The Elections Won't Bring Progressive Change, So What Can?

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