Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Proud Know-Nothings

The Ignorant Class

“Public ignorance in the U.S. . . . is now so severe that the democratic ideal of an informed citizenry seems quaint. Some argue that certain industries and many politicians prefer an ignorant public. . . . 

“We have now developed a culture in which ignorance is celebrated, perversely flaunted as a badge of pride.” 

—Daniel R. DeNicola, philosophy professor, Gettysburg College, “Flaunting our ignorance: We’re looking at you, GOP candidates,”, Jan. 10, 2015

Editorial Comment: Is ignorance a right in a participatory democracy?

PeezPix by Ted Pease

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