Idiot America

How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free

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Charles P. Pierce, Bronson Pinchot: Idiot America (2011, Blackstone Audio, Inc., Blackstone Audiobooks)

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Published April 1, 2011 by Blackstone Audio, Inc., Blackstone Audiobooks.

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The Culture Wars Are Over and the Idiots Have WonA veteran journalist's acidically funny, righteously angry lament about the glorification of ignorance in the United States.In the midst of a career-long quest to separate the smart from the pap, Charles Pierce had a defining moment at the Creation Museum in Kentucky, where he observed a dinosaur. Wearing a saddle.... But worse than this was when the proprietor exclaimed to a cheering crowd, "We are taking the dinosaurs back from the evolutionists!" He knew then and there it was time to try and salvage the Land of the Enlightened, buried somewhere in this new Home of the Uninformed. With his razor-sharp wit and erudite reasoning, Pierce delivers a gut-wrenching, side-splitting lament about the glorification of ignorance in the United States, and how a country founded on intellectual curiosity has somehow deteriorated into a nation of simpletons more apt to vote for …

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When did being an expert on a subject turn into a liability in public debate? Why are Americans more likely to listen to a political pundit or a television show host than a person who has made it her life work to study the matter up for discussion? How is this dumbing down of America and Americans affecting our public policies?

Any theory is valid if it sells books, soaks up ratings, or otherwise moves units.
Anything can be true if someone says it loudly enough.
Fact is that which enough people believe. Truth is determined by how fervently they believe it.

Charles P. Pierce doesn't like a culture that considers experts to be elitists and is more concerned about who you'd rather have a beer with than who has a firm grasp on the issues. He states that America has always been a good place for people who see …

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