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  •  Endarkenment. (11+ / 0-)

    I like this term - describing whats going on everywhere: people throw away enlightenment and return voluntarily under the rule of irrationality.

    There are great social and psychological barriers in growthmanic cultures to even considering it. This is especially true because of the ‘endarkenment’—a rapidly growing movement towards religious orthodoxies that reject enlightenment values such as freedom of thought, democracy, separation of church and state, and basing beliefs and actions on empirical evidence. They are manifest in dangerous trends such as climate denial, failure to act on the loss of biodiversity and opposition to condoms (for AIDS control) as well as other forms of contraception [122].
    Markos coined the term "American Taliban" I believe. He may not have been aware himself how closely he hit the mark with that.

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