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  •  All of which is TRUE!!! (9+ / 0-)

    I verified it on NewsMax!


    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 05:23:52 AM PDT

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    •  Right now I am reading (0+ / 0-)

      Idiot America, by the estimable Charles Pierce. The title is a bit unfortunate, because it makes the book sound like it might just be another whine about Dumb Americans, but it's much, much more. Pierce outlines the historical role of the crank/charlatan/conspiracy theorist in American history. He argues that the crank used to serve a useful purpose: while definitely on the fringe, their ideas helped to spark imagination. But now, he says, "the culture wars are over, and the idiots have won", because of the vast numbers who actually BELIEVE all the nonsense they hear. Conspiracy theories have taken over the mainstream. It's an enlightening and entertaining read, but also quite depressing.

      Anyway, it seems like every five seconds now I'm seeing another spasm of Idiot America from the right. "Dreams from My Real Father" is a perfect example.

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