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August 19, 2011

"We can debate whether the present moment is favorable to democracy:"

... but it is fiercely anti-authoritarian.  The public has awakened, and found authority to be no guide to the way forward. 
To reasonable questions about the blizzard of bits within which all of us must now function, authority -- government officials, scientists, academics, journalists, artists and poets, billionaire financiers -- return transparently hackneyed, defensive, unknowledgeable answers.  Those who represent authority seem rather to impersonate it.  Basic facts and principles are objects of loud, indecisive disputes.  They don’t know. The public has awakened, and is in open revolt.  -- On the moral imperative of knowing what to know « vulgar morality

Posted by Vanderleun at August 19, 2011 11:42 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Posted by: HAL9000 at August 19, 2011 3:12 PM

Thanks again for pointing to a great blog. Post you linked points to another good blog, Fifth Wave (http://thefifthwave.wordpress.com/).

Posted by: stephen b at August 19, 2011 3:14 PM

my apologies to any googlers for the misspelling--


Posted by: HAL9000 at August 19, 2011 6:01 PM

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