Asimov’s Cult of Ignorance
“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”’
―Isaac Asimov (1920-1992), science fiction author, scientist and futurist, “A Cult of Ignorance,” Newsweek (Jan 21, 1980) (Thanks to alert WORDster Bill Bauldry, Professor of Cool Stuff at Appalachian State U)
• Editorial Comment: Campaign 2016: We’ve sure made a load of progress since 1980.
PeezPix by Ted Pease
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