Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Forces of Stupidity

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Forces of Stupidity

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In my lifetime, I have witnessed a cultural change that has gone from rejecting stupidity to tolerating it, then celebrating it and consequently weaponizing it. Once upon a time, critical tasks were thought to be best handled by experts, not outsiders who could"shake things up." Intellectuals were revered, not chastised for being elitist. Science and math were considered noncontroversial pillars of truth. Now they are routinely questioned by emboldened average Joes who make up their own facts.

For many years, the Republican Party has successfully manipulated a large segment of the electorate to vote against their interests by harnessing the forces of stupidity. Climate change is a hoax. Clean air and water regulations will destroy jobs. Universal health care is bad. Sensible gun regulations infringe on your rights and on and on. …

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