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What American Education Has in Common with the Dark Ages

  • 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

Daniel Lattier, Intellectual Takeout

http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/monty_python_peasants.jpg January 4, 2016 | The period of the “Dark Ages” is synonymous with cultural deterioration in the West. It is typically applied to those centuries following the fall of the Roman Empire at the end of the 5th century, and is regarded as a time when education dramatically declined.

In his classic Education and Culture in the Barbarian West, Pierre Riché offers the following four characteristics that signaled this decline in education at the beginning of the 6th century.

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Anti-Intellectualism and the "Dumbing Down" of America, Ray Williams, Psychology Today

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  • There is a growing anti-intellectual dumbing down of our culture
  • Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week of October 6, 2013
  • Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week of June 1, 2014

Special Project | Why I'm Not Ready for Either Bernie or Hillary, Week Ending January 23, 2016

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  • Bernie Sanders is not a socialist. No way, no how. He’s not even a democratic socialist, as it is practiced in the Scandinavian nations.  Fact is the socialists don’t want Sanders. Here’s why.
  • (Clinton's) blundered into a position (on health care) that no one agrees with and no one respects. Worse, it's a position that makes people think Clinton doesn't respect them.
  • Part 1: Bernie Sanders is no socialist. Socialism is his brand, but he’s a Democrat in every way but name
  • Part 2: Hillary Clinton doesn't trust you

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Part 1: Bernie Sanders is no socialist. Socialism is his brand, but he’s a Democrat in every way but name.

Bernie Sanders is not a socialist. No way, no how. He’s not even a democratic socialist, as it is practiced in the Scandinavian nations.  Fact is the socialists don’t want Sanders. Here’s why.

Harry Jaffe, Salon

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Bernie%20Sanders%20Panders%20to%20Israel_0.jpgSaturday, Jan 16, 2016 Bernie Sanders is a stubborn man, a fact I kept coming across as I reported and wrote Why Bernie Sanders Matters,” the unauthorized biography of the Democratic presidential candidate. That trait might explain why he continues to describe himself as a “Democratic Socialist,” even though any mention of the “S-word” turns off many American voters. A recent Gallup poll found that less than half of Americans would vote for a candidate who is a socialist. “Socialist” in an epithet, hurled by conservatives at President Barack Obama to discredit his health care reform efforts.

To be sure, Sanders has been gradually moving away from socialism. As a radical student activist in the 1960s, he identified with the Socialist Workers Party. When he first ran for statewide office in Vermont during the 1970s, he described himself as a socialist. In office, he all but glorified the term. Walk into his Senate office and you will see a plaque on the wall honoring Eugene V. Debs, who ran for president five times as leader of the Socialist Party of America.

Harry Jaffe is a leading journalist covering Washington, DC—its politics, its crime, its heroes and villains. Beyond Washington, Jaffe’s work has been published in Yahoo News, Men’s Health,Harper’s, Esquire, and newspapers from the San Francisco Examiner to the Philadelphia Inquirer. He’s appeared in documentary films, and on television and radio across the country and throughout Europe.

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Special Project | I'm Not Ready for Any Candidate: Week Ending May 9, 2015, Compiled by David Culver , Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • “When one may pay out over two million dollars to presidential and Congressional campaigns, the US. government is virtually up for sale.” --John W. Gardner
  • 9 New items including:
    • I'm not Ready for Bernie Sanders, May 6, 2015
    • From the Archives | Let's Not Be Fooled By Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren
    • Rand Paul And The Nasty Campaign To Turn Pro-Choice Women Into Monsters
    • The Crazy World of Tom Cotton
    • The Romanticization of Elizabeth Warren
    • I'm Not Ready for Ted Cruz, March 25, 2015
    • I'm Not Ready for Hillary, March 24, 2015
    • Ukraine oligarch ‘top cash contributor’ to Clinton Foundation prior to Kiev crisis
    • Forget Hillary’s Emails, Here’s Her Real Scandal That Nobody is Talking About


Part 2: Hillary Clinton doesn't trust you

(Clinton's) blundered into a position (on health care) that no one agrees with and no one respects. Worse, it's a position that makes people think Clinton doesn't respect them.

Ezra Klein, Vox 

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The subject was Sanders's support for a single-payer health care system. The policy puts Clinton in a bind: It's popular with liberals but dangerous in a general election. Sanders's support for it is, to Clinton, everything wrong with his campaign in miniature — it's an idea that sounds good on the stump but really reveals a preference for ideological symbolism over the hard work of policy change.

Ezra Klein: Editor-in-Chief, Vox

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Special Project | I'm Not Ready for Hillary Clinton, Week Ending January 16, 2016, Compiled by David Culver , Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • “When one may pay out over two million dollars to presidential and Congressional campaigns, the US. government is virtually up for sale.” --John W. Gardner
  • "I don't vote with my vagina." -- Susan Sarandon
  • 9 New items including:
  • The Racial Justice Failures That Hillary Clinton Can't Ignore
  • A Hillary Clinton White House Will Likely Increase the Prospects for Terror in the West
  • Why Hillary Would be a Worse President than Would a Republican
  • Daughter of Empire in Its Heyday
  • The Warmongering Record of Hillary Clinton
  • Forget Hillary’s Emails, Here’s Her Real Scandal That Nobody is Talking About
  • Ukraine oligarch ‘top cash contributor’ to Clinton Foundation prior to Kiev crisis
  • Hillary Clinton and the Future Failure of Progressive Hope and Change
  • 7 Undeniable Reasons You CAN NOT Vote Hillary … 

Series | American Political Tomfoolery – Part 1

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The merits of a candidate should be demonstrable by their performance and/or the strength of their ideas, not by the quantity of the lies and distortions they can afford to flood the airwaves with.

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An initial observation is that these campaigns start way too early and last way too long without ever seeming to adequately address very many, if any, of the issues and policy choices that will most affect our lives in the four years of the next administration. Much of this is driven by the mass media, which persists in insisting on speculation of who will run on what issues in the next election before the present election results have even been finalized. This is especially true when term limits dictate that no incumbent will be running in the next election.

Rcooley: Progressive, antiwar, humanitarian, environmentalist, civil liberties, human rights, Down Syndrome (my son). #ConnectTheLeft. 

Powerball’s $1.3 Billion Swindle Of Americans

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Why are Powerball jackpots getting so huge? It’s not an accident.

Judd Legum & Bryce Covert, ThinkProgress

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Jan 11, 2016 | If you want to go to the corner store this week to pick up a gallon of milk, be prepared to wait. America has been gripped by lottery fever and lines are snaking out the doors of convenience stores across the county.

The next Powerball drawing, scheduled for Wednesday, will be worth about $1.3 billion to the winner. This is projected to be the biggest lottery payout in the history of the world.

Judd Legum is Editor-in-Chief of ThinkProgress.

Bryce Covert is the Economic Policy Editor for ThinkProgress.

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“Sentence First, Verdict Afterwards”: The Alice in Wonderland World of Fast-tracked Secret Trade Agreements

`Let the jury consider their verdict,’ the King said, for about the twentieth time that day.

`No, no!’ said the Queen. `Sentence first–verdict afterwards.’

`Stuff and nonsense!’ said Alice loudly. `The idea of having the sentence first!’

`Hold your tongue!’ said the Queen, turning purple.

`I won’t!’ said Alice.

`Off with her head!’ the Queen shouted at the top of her voice. --Lewis Carroll, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”

Head's Up- You have until 13 January to comment on TPP

Ellen Brown, Web of Debt Blog / Global Research 

http://peoplesworld.org/assets/Uploads/stopp-tppa.jpg June 22, 2015 | Fast-track authority is being sought in the Senate this week for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), along with the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) and any other such trade agreements coming down the pike in the next six years. The terms of the TPP and the TiSA are so secret that drafts of the negotiations are to remain classified for four years or five years, respectivelyafter the deals have been passed into law. How can laws be enforced against people and governments who are not allowed to know what was negotiated?

 

The TPP, TiSA and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (or TTIP, which covers Europe) will collectively encompass three-fourths of the world’s GDP; and they ultimately seek to encompass nearly 90 percent of GDP. Despite this enormous global impact, fast-track authority would allow the President to sign the deals before their terms have been made public, and send implementing legislation to Congress that cannot be amended or filibustered and is not subject to the constitutional requirement of a two-thirds treaty vote.

Ellen Brown is an attorney, founder of the Public Banking Institute, and author of twelve books including the best-selling Web of Debt. Her latest book, The Public Bank Solution, explores successful public banking models historically and globally. Her 300+ blog articles are at EllenBrown.com.

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Head's Up- You have until 13 January to comment on TPP, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • All in all, the TPP is bad for workers and must be stopped. The world needs trade agreements that raise worker protections instead of driving a race to the bottom.
  • 2016 is the year to put 'the interests of communities and the environment before the interests of multinational corporations'
  • Part 1: Your chance to officially tell the US Trade Representative (USTR) what you think about the TPP
  • Part 2: The Corporate-Friendly Trade Deals Threatening Ordinary People in 2016

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Mark Fiore | United States of Militiadom / www.markfiore.com

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Wednesday, 06 January 2016 | Hoo boy, where to begin with this one?  Hypocrisy always makes for good cartoon material but the militia “takeover” in Burns, Oregon is like peeling the proverbial onion of hypocrisy.  (Is that a thing?  It is now.)  Should we begin on the Bundy side or on the Hammond side?

Ammon Bundy and his brother Ryan seem to be taking their anti-government militia show on the road.  They recently occupied the Malheur Wildlife Refuge building to keep the heroic ranchers, Dwight and Steven Hammond, out of federal prison.  Now their new purpose is to give the “government’s” land back to the people.  Um, it already is the people’s land.  Seems like Bundy’s “Land of Many Uses” refers exclusively to ranching and mining.  Ah, the good ol’ days of overgrazing and arsenic poisoning.

Pulitzer Prize-winner, Mark Fiore, who the Wall Street Journal has called “the undisputed guru of the form,” creates animated political cartoons in San Francisco, where his work has been featured on the San Francisco Chronicle’s web site, SFGate.com, for over ten years. His work has also appeared on Newsweek.com, Slate.com, CBSNews.com, MotherJones.com and NPR’s web site. Fiore’s political animation has been featured on CNN, Frontline, BillMoyers.com, Salon.com and cable and broadcast outlets across the globe.

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Anti-Intellectualism and the "Dumbing Down" of America

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  • There is a growing anti-intellectual dumbing down of our culture.
  • Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week of October 6, 2013
  • Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week of June 1, 2014

Ray Williams, Psychology Today

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Jul 07, 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. He has been interviewed by or written for such publicaitons as the Washington Post, USA Today, the Huffington Post, the National Post, the Financial Post, Entrepreneur, MacLeans, and Salon.

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Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week of October 6, 2013

Karl Rove, the architect of Bush's career, privately said 'Fuck the truth; all that matters is the reality that we make people swallow.'

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  • Welcome to This Generation's Joseph McCarthy
  • Life Lessons in Fighting the Culture of Bullshit
  • 10 ‘Chained CPI’ Facts the White House Doesn’t Want You to Know
  • The Death of Truth
  • Ralph Nader explains how voting for the ‘least worst’ candidate corrupts democracy
  • Human Stupidity Is Destroying the World
  • Further Thoughts on Japan...and America

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Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week of June 1, 2014

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.'

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  • America dumbs down
  • Age of Ignorance
  • #BringBackOurCriticalThinking
  • How Republicans became the “stupid” party
  • Has the Left Surrendered?
  • Libertarian Writings that Read Like Comic Books
  • Conservatives Oppose Minimum Wage Increase. Wow. Really?
  • William Rivers Pitt | Supply-Side Jesus and the Death of Shame

 

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