- Fighting the Culture of Political Bullshit or Karl Rove, the architect of Bush's career, privately said, "Fuck the truth; all that matters is the reality that we make people swallow."
- Part 1: Americans Are Dangerously Politically Ignorant -- The Numbers Are Shocking
- Part 2: 5 Issues Where Right-Wingers Are Crazier and Meaner Than Ever
- Beyond the war on science: Why the right embraces ignorance as a virtue
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Part 1: Americans Are Dangerously Politically Ignorant -- The Numbers Are Shocking
The nation’s collective ignorance paves the way for extremist politicians to validate their positions to the public.
CJ Werleman, AlterNet
Tea Party-backed economics professor David Brat, shown April 26, 2014 in Glen Allen, Virginia, defeated incumbent House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the June 10 primary. Photo Credit: AFP
June 17, 2014 | The health of a democracy is dependent on an educated citizenry. Political illiteracy is the manure for the flourishing of political appeals based on sheer ignorance.
So let me introduce you to House Majority Speaker Eric Cantor’s Republican Party vanquisher David Brat (R-VA). First thing you need to know about this far right-wing political upstart is he’s a university professor, which means it’s highly probable he’s not an idiot. He also identifies with the Tea Party strain of conservatism, which, paradoxically, means it’s likely he is, indeed, an idiot. And by idiot, I mean wholly ignorant of U.S. history and constitutionality.
CJ Werleman is the author of "Crucifying America," and "God Hates You. Hate Him Back."
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Part 2: 5 Issues Where Right-Wingers Are Crazier and Meaner Than Ever
The tide of progress causes some conservatives to regress in shocking ways.
Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet
June 18, 2014 | There’s a certain expected rhythm to conservative thought as time pushes forward: Progressives push for change, conservatives resist, conservative views become outdated as everyone realizes how unfair they were, things change for the better, and conservatives begrudgingly accept the new order. That’s how it went with civil rights and women getting the vote. Even climate change denialists have started to adjust a little, with some admitting that it’s happening, even as they refuse to admit that humans have anything to do with it.
But once in awhile, having to be pulled forward with the tide of progress causes some conservatives to throw a fit and insist, instead, on regressing, often in shocking ways. Here are five issues where conservatives have, in recent months and years, taken a giant step backwards from where they had been before.
George W. Bush
Amanda Marcotte, a Brooklyn-based freelance writer and journalist, co-writes the blog Pandagon. She is the author of "It's a Jungle Out There: The Feminist Survival Guide to Politically Inhospitable Environments."
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Beyond the war on science: Why the right embraces ignorance as a virtue, Amanda Marcotte, Alternet
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