Anti-intellectualism Is Killing America

Social dysfunction can be traced to the abandonment of reason

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.psychologytoday.com

Truer words are rarely penned. Please read and share this Psychology Today article as far and as wide as possible.

 

My hope is that someday my fellow citizens who are empowering this craze of anti-intellectualism on the right will soon come to their senses.

 

Anti-intellectualism is possible only because it is accepted and embraced by some as somehow good and right. It is not, and it never has been.

 

Those who willfully allow themselves to be duped into supporting and voting for anti-intellectual and corporatist candidates need to be outnumbered in the town squares and coffee shops, in places of worship (yes, there, too), on social media and in all our news outlets, and most importantly on election day.

 

This means, of course, that you liberals and progressives reading this have a responsibility, too, for when you stay silent and you don’t vote, you also are culpable. 

 

I also look forward to the day when those Americans who embrace anti-intellectualism come to realize the truth that it wasn’t willful ignorance and anti-intellectualism that made this country great. It was our unstoppable energy to apply our individual and collective intellect in scientific and evidence-based ways toward progress. Progress. Anti-intellectualism is the antithesis of progress, and we cannot solve our current and future problems or expand our knowledge and understanding without progress. And, it’s only through progress that we can continue to move toward realizing more and more of the values any society needs to survive and thrive – equality, fairness, justice, and liberty for each and every human being.

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