Examples of blind allegiance to tribal truths, keeping us weak & ignorant

Summary: Truth has become a tribal thing in America. Scores of posts have documented this on the Right and Left. Today we have two fun examples by the Left, with sublime but blind confidence in their tribe's truths. Our tribalism divides us, making us weak. Our blinders keep us ignorant. The combination probably makes reform … Continue reading Examples of blind allegiance to tribal truths, keeping us weak & ignorant

Swarms of hate against Obama and George Will, peasants’ protests in New America

Summary:  This week we had simultaneous two-minute-hate sessions run by both Right and Left against Obama and George Will. These are fine demos of peasants' protests in New America, proving that we remain capable of collective action: fun, righteous, purposeless swarming. Orwell predicted it. The 1% laugh. . Contents We enjoy our two minutes hate … Continue reading Swarms of hate against Obama and George Will, peasants’ protests in New America

5 years later: checking up on the 2-minute hate at George Will about melting of the polar ice

Summary:  The climate wars among the public (laymen) show how poorly we see our world. Here we look at an example displaying many of these problems: the "two minute hates" we substitute for rational debate, how ideology blinds us to the physical world, and our disinterest in the wonderful findings of climate science. "Some of … Continue reading 5 years later: checking up on the 2-minute hate at George Will about melting of the polar ice

Ignorance and propaganda about extreme climate change

Summary: Another post showing that we're ignorant because we listen to journalists.  Why do these people get airtime when the US has thousands of articulate experts on every subject? Today we look at the nattering that too often passes for debate about the important topic of climate change. It's an important subject, deserving not just … Continue reading Ignorance and propaganda about extreme climate change

Conservatives oppose the new START treaty, as they opposed even the earlier version negotiated by Ronald Reagan

Summary:  About conservatives opposition to arms control treaties, including those that ended radioactive poisoning of the atmosphere and won the Cold War. Mitt Romeny ("Obama's worst foreign-policy mistake", op-ed in the Washington Post) and the Heritage Foundation ("Stop START Now")  have joined the conservative chorus denouncing the new START treaty.  It's all lies and misrepresentations, as … Continue reading Conservatives oppose the new START treaty, as they opposed even the earlier version negotiated by Ronald Reagan