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Spouting off about stuff you know nothing about is traditionally considered unwise.
The thing is, shameless lying and ignorance works surprisingly well as a debate tactic. It’s hard to argue with someone who not only has signaled that he doesn’t care what the truth is but is downright proud of how little he actually knows. Such a person is not amendable to being educated. Once the pretense of really caring one way or another about what is right and what is wrong has been abandoned, all avenue of discourse is shut down.
hat’s why the wall of ignorance is such a powerful rhetorical tool. When you have nothing but contempt for the facts, attempts to educate you will only make your pride in your own ignorance grow stronger. The more you try to educate the proudly ignorant, the dumber they get.
Beyond the recent headlines suggesting that the worst of America is now being displayed in an explosion of gun violence, there’s a quieter, widespread and equally stark epidemic of downwardly spiraling lives in America.
That epidemic is the slow-motion descent into shame, despair, depression, financial ruin, assaults by predatory lenders, fruitless job retraining and homelessness caused by long-term joblessness. The House Republicans’ refusal to extend unemployment benefits has pushed legions of desperate people even closer to the edge—or over it, into the streets.
The Washington-based Center for Effective Government has been collecting stories of the longterm unemployed for months and has assembled an archive of testimonials to try to push the House to act. Its most striking feature is that too many entries are from people who played by the rules, worked all their lives, and have now found themselves abandoned in this economy.
for modern Republicans, being downright proud of their ignorance has become a badge of honor, a way to demonstrate loyalty to the right-wing cause while also sticking it to those liberal pinheads who think there’s some kind of value in knowing what they're talking about before offering an opinion.
This mentality, in its modern form, can be traced back to the Bush White House. In 2004, Ron Suskind of the New York Times interviewed an unnamed Bush official who famously pooh-poohed what he believed to be the shortcomings of journalists who insist that the truth matters more than fantasy:
The aide said that guys like me were ''in what we call the reality-based community,'' which he defined as people who ''believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.'' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ''That's not the way the world really works anymore,'' he continued. ''We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality."
The thing is, shameless lying and ignorance works surprisingly well as a debate tactic.
It’s hard to argue with someone who not only has signaled that he doesn’t care what the truth is but is downright proud of how little he actually knows.
Such a person is not amenable to being educated.
Once the pretense of really caring one way or another about what is right and what is wrong has been abandoned, all avenue of discourse is shut down.
But do you really think it matters who is in office? Who controls the house or senate?
They all serve the same masters. The banksters and the corporations.
Believe me, I feel your pain. But this blaming the right or left is exactly what TPTB want.
The same arguments can be made from both sides of the aisle.
They are ALL evil and NONE of them are for us, the people.