Dunning-Kruger President

“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 Aisimov

6 thoughts on “Dunning-Kruger President

  1. Asimov got my attention as a teen with his Sci-fi and led me into the world of science. I am forever grateful to the wisdom he provided and insights he opened my eyes to.

    He did not suffer fools gladly either, but was more tolerant than I’ve become.

    Thanks for his timely quite/reminder here.

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    1. Oh yeah, I posted some Dunning-Kruger references earlier and only hope the lazy non-stupids get off their asses and help fix/remove this problem before it’s too late.

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  2. “ Today’s Republican Party and conservative movement possess a deep disdain and hostility towards true experts and qualified, proven professionals. Such people are slurred as being “elitists” or not “real Americans,” and are suspected of being liberal Democrats who belong to a “deep state” cabal working against Donald Trump and his army of real Americans, with the goal of enslaving them to “political correctness.”

    “Many of Trump’s strongest supporters are Christian nationalists who aim to overturn the Constitution and destroy secular, science-based, empirical reality and society. Such people believe in magic, and are the most stalwart, influential and loyal members of Trump’s political death cult.”

    “Historian and political scientist Richard Hofstadter famously warned that Republicans and other conservatives had succumbed to the allure and power of anti-intellectualism. Hofstadter’s “Anti-Intellectualism in American Life” was written in 1963.”

    Two of the most brutal regimes in recent history, Red China under Mao and Cambodia under Pol Pot, used anti-intellectualism as the populist message to wipe out an entire professional class.

    This is not to endorse unquestioned adherence to every intellectual idea as sacred truth. But there is a very strong appeal for many to lump all educated and professional classes into a suspect segment that poisons society.

    Trump appealed to many because “he is one of us”. Unfortunately that is neither a qualitative judgement nor an endorsement of decent human qualities regardless of educational achievement. It is rather an a appeal to distrust a political system that had seemingly left many in the working class behind.

    Yet, this anti-elitism does not solve that problem in the least. It just pits Americans against Americans in a vapid battle over vague ideas of patriotism for purposes of exclusion in the American ideal. And at the same time it blocks effective solution seeking of the real issues we face such as economic stability, environmental quality, health, educational imbalances and global realities of trade, conflicts, climate change and pandemics.

    All these are now being tested almost simultaneously. Our future depends to a large degree on how we as a nation respond to these challenges.

    In my opinion it is absolutely critical that our elected officials understand the problems and work truthfully, forthrightly and with a steady hand.

    I don’t have faith in this administration nor it’s appointed messengers in both the media and the Republican Party to accomplish these goals and lead us to a better place after this serious crisis.

    IMHO.

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