There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.
Isaac Asimov, science and science fiction write , wrote these words in 1980 but they're as good as new.
Let me go on: it's something of a fashion for what's loosely termed the left to indulge — to self-indulge, to preen, to wash itself — in self-blame. Well, sure, nobody's perfect. But there's an element of denial in this, a refusal to face the unpleasant truth that some conflicts really are zero-sum, as the one between ignorance and knowledge.
Where are the pollsters for that distinction?
In any case, ignorance won big-time in November and continues, dangerously for us all, to hold forth.
I want to spit when I hear that we — loosely defined — weren't nice enough to ignorance during the campaign, didn't give it due respect, and therefore we lost. Bullshit. Many factors go into explaining the presidential election — it's over determined, as they say — but one of these factors, the one so many on the left can't talk about and want to deny, for fear of being politically incorrect, or facing a very nasty truth, is it was about ignorance v. knowledge, and, this time, not for the first time, it was way too bad for knowledge.
And therefore for us all.