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  •  So why is it that so few people care? (4+ / 0-)
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    kharma, shaharazade, Einsteinia, Ramoth

    Is it because of the Snowden media circus?

    Is it because people haven't been informed?

    Is democracy so little valued in the United States of America (a subsidiary of the Carlyle Group)?

    Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

    by Just Bob on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 10:03:38 PM PDT

    •  I think all three (8+ / 0-)

      1. The Snowden media circus is an invention of the media, or more likely the direction Power directed the story. Our media IS a circus...as in circus and bread.

      2. See #1. Most don't have the inclination to follow current events, much less to the extent that DKos denizens. If the MM does not deliver the goods, the Public won't informed.

      3. I am not so sure a majority of Americans even actually knows how our country is supposed to function, much less understands any historical perspective to put things in context. Thus all the, "Hey, I've nothing to hide" type shrugs instead of grasping the value and importance of the Fourth Amendment.

      May the Conservative Supremes share Paula Deen's heart-stopping culinary tastes as much as they share her cultural ones.

      by pajoly on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 10:46:13 PM PDT

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      •   #3 - Blame the MBA (1+ / 0-)
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        Einsteinia

        My shorthand symbol of what's happened to even educated Americans is the MBA.  People know how a business is run but they have no concept of the who, what, when, where, why and how of government.   Even college educated people get very little education in the liberal arts.  And all we hear from people is that we need more math and science which is fine to a point but again leaves us without historical and cultural context.

        And for all those around here who despise religion, at least people with some religious education often get some history and culture thrown in along the way even when it carries sectarian bias.  I mean at least you learn there is more than one narrow way to view the world around you.

        The technocrats scare me more than the theocrats.

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