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04-27-2013, 09:22 PM
Papantonio: Epidemic Of Anti-Intellectualism And Anti-Rationalism in America

April 27, 2013

Super Progressive radio host Mike Papantonio interviewed Susan Jacoby, author of the book The Age of American Unreason. (http://www.amazon.com/Age-American-Unreason-Vintage/dp/1400096383)The book is “A cultural history of the last forty years, The Age of American Unreason focuses on the convergence of social forces-usually treated as separate entities-that has created a perfect storm of anti-rationalism. These include the upsurge of religious fundamentalism, with more political power today than ever before; the failure of public education to create an informed citizenry; and the triumph of video over print culture. Sparing neither the right nor the left, Jacoby asserts that Americans today have embraced a universe of “junk thought” that makes almost no effort to separate fact from opinion.”Papantonio said,

“Anti-intellectualism and anti-rationalism have become almost epidemic in America…Chances are, if you are one of those corporate media-following bone heads who still believe that weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq, or Saddam Hussein blew up the Twin Towers, or Obama is a secret Muslim, or Obama wants to take your guns, or Obama has FEMA prison camps set up for Teabag Republicans, then search no further. You truly are the undereducated, child-like, impressionable, irrational, dangerous cog in America’s political system that puts Democracy most at risk.”

Multiple scientific studies confirm (http://aattp.org/multiple-scientific-studies-confirm-extreme-conservatism-linked-to-racism-and-low-i-q/) the correlation between low IQ and conservatism.