Articles and excerpts – Faith and/or Religion

The Right’s Stupidity Spreads, Enabled by a Too-Polite Left by George Monbiot, The Guardian/UK, February 7, 2012 — …There are some very clever people in government, advising politicians, running think tanks and writing for newspapers, who have acquired power and influence by promoting right wing ideologies…they now appeal to the basest, stupidest impulses…former Republican ideologues, David Frum warns that “conservatives have built a whole alternative knowledge system, with its own facts, its own history, its own laws of economics”. The result is a “shift to ever more extreme, ever more fantasy-based ideology” which has “ominous real-world consequences for American society”… Confronted with mass discontent, the once-progressive major parties… triangulate and accommodate, hesitate and prevaricate… They fail to produce a coherent analysis of what has gone wrong and why, or to make an uncluttered case for social justice, redistribution and regulation. The conceptual stupidities of conservatism are matched by the strategic stupidities of liberalism. Yes, conservatism thrives on low intelligence and poor information. But the liberals in politics on both sides of the Atlantic continue to back off, yielding to the supremacy of the stupid…

Conservatives’ Reality Problem by Timothy B. Lee, Contributor, Forbes, November 9, 2012conservatives have been increasingly bold about rejecting the consensus of scientific experts in favor of ideologically self-serving pronouncements.…George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq http://progressivevalues.org.s150046.gridserver.com/iraq-update-june-18-2014/ was a good example of the kind of damage that can be done when elected officials choose ideology over expertise……

Conservatives With a Cause: ‘We’re Right’ By ASHLEY PARKER, New York Times,  September 30, 2013 … “Because we’re right, simply because we’re right,” said Representative Steve King, Republican of Iowa, …And many, if not most, people they talk to — colleagues, friendly constituents, activists, members of advocacy groups — reinforce that opinion, bolstering their belief that they are on the right side not just ideologically, but morally as well…

Will Republican Voters Believe Anything? The Right’s Hyperbolic, Dysfunctional World By Gary Younge, Alternet.org, March 28, 2011  Polls suggest there are between one in three and one in four Americans who would believe anything…What is relatively new, however, is the level of logical dysfunction and hyperbole within the American right…

The Results Are In: America Is Dumb and on the Road to Getting Dumber By CJ Werleman, AlterNet, June 4, 2014

The Long, Sordid History of the American Right and Racism By Robert Parry, Consortium News May 20, 2013 

Fear of a Black President By Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic,The Atlantic, September 2012…

The Persistence of Racial Resentment By Thomas B. Edsall, New York Times, February 6, 2013


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