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From the Archives: Teacher Explains Why Schools Can’t Produce Well-Educated Minds

  • It's quite simple really.
  • Related: The Age of the Imbecile

Annie Holmquist, Intellectual Takeout

January 5, 2017 | In recent years, a number of Americans have been awaking to the realization that today’s children are not receiving a high-quality education. The nation’s test scores in everything from reading to science are evidence of that.

But while many Americans now recognize what a good education is not, many are unsure exactly what it is.

Annie Holmquist is Editor of Intellectual Takeout. In her role, she assists with website content production and social media messaging.  

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The Age of the Imbecile, ‪umair haque, Eudaimonia and Co / Medium*dDgGyuO8WEJkk_8vBXe20Q.jpeg

  • The World is Turning Catastrophically Stupid.
  • Here’s How Not to Join It.

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The World is Turning Catastrophically Stupid. Here’s How Not to Join It.

umair haqueEudaimonia and Co / Medium
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Betty Culver. you can follow Evergreene Digest on Facebook / Mar13,2018 | I’d bet, these days, shortly after reading the headlines, you’ve thought, shaking your head and muttering, something like: “Jesus. We live in an age of impossibly catastrophic stupid.”

You’re not wrong. About a decade or so ago, hot on the heels of the financial crisis, something happened — an old story began to be rewritten, as the world found itself poorer once again. There was an explosion, somewhere deep in the human heart, and a tsunami rippled across the globe — one boiling and bubbling with every imaginable variety of stupid: human folly, gleeful ignorance, self-destructive greed, reckless spite, dim-witted cruelty parading itself as enlightenment.


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How corporate America invented ‘Christian America’ to fight the New Deal


/ President Richard Nixon and the evangelist Billy Graham, 1970. (Photo: Bettmann / Corbis)

Ministers cooperated with big business to formulate an ideology that the New Deal was a threat to traditional American Christian values of free enterprise and individualism while promoting the false pagan deity of statism.

Ron Briley, History News Network / Church and State 23 March 2016 | The 2016 annual meeting for the Organization of American Historians (OAH) will feature a session focusing upon the provocative book One Nation Under God by Princeton history professor Keven M. Kruse. In One Nation Under God, Kruse argues that the idea of the United States as a Christian nation does not find its origins with the founding of the United States or the writing of the Constitution. Rather, the notion of America as specifically consecrated by God to be a beacon for liberty was the work of corporate and religious figures opposed to New Deal statism and interference with free enterprise. The political conflict found in this concept of Christian libertarianism was modified by President Dwight Eisenhower who advocated a more civic religion of “one nation under God” to which both liberals and conservatives might subscribe.

Kruse concludes that with the polarization of America in the 1960s over such issues such as school prayer and the war in Vietnam, politicians such as Richard Nixon abandoned the more inclusive civic religion of the Eisenhower era. Kruse writes that by the 1970s “the rhetoric of ‘one nation under God’ no longer brought Americans together; it only reminded them how divided they had become” (274). Arguing that public religion is a modern invention that has little to do with America’s origins, Kruse maintains that contemporary political discourse needs to better recognize the political ideology being perpetuated by the advocates of America as a Christian nation. Needless to say, Kruse’s arguments will antagonize many on the Christian right, as well as many on the left who have employed Christianity as the means through which to implement principles of equality and opportunity as extolled by Jesus of Nazareth, the working-class carpenter.

Ron Briley is a film historian who retired from teaching history after 37 years at Sandia Prep School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also taught history for 20 years as an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico Valencia campus.

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“Moderate” Democrats Are Really Conservatives — and They Are Dangerous

/ The Democratic Blue Dog Coalition released this photo with their latest inductees on November 27, 2018. Blue Dog Coalition via Twitter

  • It is time for the Blue Dogs and their media pals to get with the program and stop hiding behind meaningless labels and discredited tropes. If they want to be on the right, they can try being on the right side of history, if there is anyone left to write it.
  • Related: Caution: Moderate Democrats.

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout Journalism with real independence and integrity is a rare thing. All reader supported Evergreene Digest relies - exclusively!- on reader donations. Click on the donation button on the right to make a contribution and support our work.


March 5, 2019 | If I hear the word “moderate” used one more time to describe Blue Dog House Democrats who keep voting with Republicans, or any other non-Republican who actively supports today’s Republican Party, it is entirely possible I will eat my teeth. The term “Blue Dog” is a metaphor for a dog straining so hard on its leash that it has turned blue from lack of oxygen; the dog is a right-leaning Democrat, and the leash represents its tenuous party affiliation. These people are conservatives — period, end of file — who hide behind the “moderate” label even as they undermine policies Democrats have hewed to for half a century.

They are able to do this, thanks in no small part to the committed care and feeding of big-paper/big-network reporters, editorialists and producers, many of whom haven’t entertained a new idea since Windows 3.1 was the hot new thing. A recent spirited meeting of House Democrats gave these media types yet another chance to strut their fogbound stuff even as they gave cover to their “moderate” friends who, if you believe the mainstream stenographers out there, have it all figured out. / William Rivers Pitt is a senior editor and lead columnist at Truthout. He is also a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of three books: War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn’t Want You to Know, The Greatest Sedition Is Silence and House of Ill Repute: Reflections on War, Lies, and America’s Ravaged Reputation. His fourth book, The Mass Destruction of Iraq: Why It Is Happening, and Who Is Responsible, co-written with Dahr Jamail, is available now.

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Caution: Moderate Democrats. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Beware the Moderate Democrat
  • Why the centrist extremists are an incredibly dangerous political animal
  • Part 2: ‘Socialism surging in Iowa’ gives cold feet to centrist Democrats contemplating 2020 run: report
  • it might be the centrists who are getting cold feet.
  • Part 3: The Last Thing America Needs Right Now is a 'Centrist Independent'
  • Howard Schultz is contemplating a run for president, while Kamala Harris leans into Obama-style rhetoric. God Help Us All.
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A New Narrative Control Firm Works To Destroy Alternative Media ~ Caitlin Johnstone

Fortunately, a new firm with shadowy links to the government and neoconservatives is going to protect us from "wrong" information.

Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic with real independence and integrity is a rare thing. All reader supported Evergreene Digest relies - exclusively!- on reader donations. Click on the donation button - to the right - to make a contribution and support our work.

January 12, 2019 | The frenzied, hysterical Russia narrative being promoted day in and day out by western mass media has had two of its major stories ripped to shreds in the last three days. report seeded throughout the mainstream media by anonymous intelligence officials back in September claimed that US government workers in Cuba had suffered concussion-like brain damage after hearing strange noises in homes and hotels with the most likely culprit being “sophisticated microwaves or another type of electromagnetic weapon” from Russia. A recording of one such highly sophisticated attack was analyzed by scientists and turned out to be the mating call of the male indies short-tailed cricket. Neurologists and other brain specialists have challenged the claim that any US government workers suffered any neurological damage of any kind, saying test results on the alleged victims were misinterpreted. The actual story, when stripped of hyperventilating Russia panic, is that some government workers heard some crickets in Cuba.

Caitlin Johnstone: rogue journalist. Bogan socialist. Anarcho-psychonaut. Guerrilla poet. Utopia prepper.

Robert Gore is a writer, investor, attorney, and former bond trader. His website is straightlinelogic, and his most recent novel is The Golden Pinnacle. He is also a regular columnist for

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Fact-Checking Trump’s Misleading And Outright False Claims From His Border Address

  • Take a look at some of the biggest lies from the president’s speech below.
  • Again, Mexico is not paying for the wall.

Nick Visser, Carla Herreria, and Saba Hamedy, Huffington Post

01/09/2019 | President Donald Trump addressed the nation live from the Oval Office on Tuesday night in an attempt to drum up support for his border wall. But the 10-minute address, carried on every major television network in America, was rife with double-speak, cherry-picked statistics, and outright falsehoods. (Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: Read 'lies'.)

Take a look at some of the biggest lies from the president’s speech below.

Nick Visser: Senior Reporter; Carla Herreria: Hawaii-based reporter; and Saba Hamedy: news editor; Huffington Post

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Harvard law prof: Trump is a 'national emergency'. Jon Street, Campus Reform

  • Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig says President Donald Trump is a "national emergency."
  • Lessig made the comment on MSNBC on Sunday, just after Trump entertained the idea of declaring a national emergency to secure border wall funds.
  • Related: Trump's border wall demand is constitutionally illegitimate.

How to Be a Better Thinker

  • Part 1: How Rational Are We?
  • Is Logic Lost?
  • Part 2: How to Think Better
  • there already is a cognitive enhancing tool
  • Related: Helpful Guides to How to Read a Book
  • Part 3: The Last Curious Man
  • The enormous life of Anthony Bourdain, according to those who knew him best.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

Part 1: How Rational Are We? eBook! Is Logic Lost? The Science of Thought Explores How Emotion Outweighs Evidence,

Scientific American

September20,2018 | Why do facts fail to change people’s minds? In this eBook, we examine how we form our beliefs and maintain them with a host of cognitive biases, the difference between intelligence and thinking rationally and some solutions for how to overcome these obstacles both in reasoning with others and in dealing with our own prejudices.

Scientific American is the award-winning authoritative source for the science discoveries and technology innovations that matter.

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Part 2: How to Think Better

While writing may not literally increase your working memory, many cognitive scientists now believe that such external representations may form important parts of our cognition. This externalized cognition extends the space of thinking and literally makes us smarter, even if our brains are just the same as before.   

Scott H. Young, / December 2018 | Imagine if you could take a pill that would double your intelligence. What would that feel like?

You’d be able to keep more thoughts in your head. You could draw new connections between ideas. You could solve problems you’ve been stuck on for years.

Such a pill may not exist, but there already is a cognitive enhancing tool, and it doesn’t require brain-altering drugs.

Scott H. Young <>: Author, Programmer, Entrepreneur

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Related: Guides to How to Read a Book,  Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

Part 1: A Helpful Guide to Reading Better
The frameworks that I’ve found to
bemosthelpfulto improving my reading.
Part 2: How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading
The Art of Getting a Liberal Education
Related: How To Read A Book [PDF]


Part 3: The Last Curious Man

There is no easy description for Tony Bourdain, or for the utterly unique role he managed to carve out for himself in this world. He was a chef. He was an author. He was a very popular TV host—the cheerfully dickish center of the food-media universe. He was an explorer who removed degrees of separation from the world's sociological arithmetic, a man who was always, in his words, hungry for more.   
The enormous life of Anthony Bourdain, according to those who knew him best.

Drew Magary, GQ 4, 2018 | Chris Bourdain is searching for a word that he cannot quite find. We're sitting together in a small café in Grand Central Terminal, drinking table wine and talking about his late older brother, Anthony. Chris has a habit of looking away as he's talking to you, one of many physical traits he shares with Tony. And right now he is thinking, with Bourdainian intensity, for a way to sum up his brother succinctly, and for a very specific reason.

"The death certificate that was printed in France," he tells me, "listed as his profession 'chef.' And I tried for months to figure out, what is the appropriate way to describe what Tony has been doing for the last seven or eight years? There's no description for it."

Drew Magary is an author on GQ.

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