By Michael Brenner
Factual information is out of fashion. American society now devalues it. Subjective attitude and opinion are considered to be as worthy as accurate renderings of reality. Many wear their ignorance as a badge of honor. The ultimate freedom for them is to avoid needless bother in knowing the truth and distinguishing it from falsity. Some of this behavior is calculated and intentional; much of it is blind indulgence of convenience and prejudice.
These behaviors are commonplace among our officials, politicians, commentariat, and the citizenry at large. Insulation from any sense of shame helps perpetuate it. So, too, does the widespread absence of accountability. more