Learned ignorance page after page

Went into a bookshop today and went to the politics section and this was a part of the selection of what I found. There must have been around a dozen books on American politics, they were all desperately anti-Trump and with many of the covers turned towards us potential readers to ensure we saw what there was.

Nothing will apparently educate the “educated”. Their ignorance is invincible. Their shallowness knows no depths. The incapacity to learn from actual real world experience is capacious. It is truly frightening how much they don’t know about so much, but worse, the extent to which they will close their ears and eyes to alternatives.

I find it the same in discussing economics with many of these so-called experts. The American economy may never have prospered as it now is. Job numbers are increasing while real wages at the bottom of the income distribution are rising for the first time in decades.

PDT foreign policy is another area where one success follows another. I am sickened at the thought that Iran could just blow an airliner out of the sky. Seriously, whose side are these academics on? It’s not yours.

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35 Responses to Learned ignorance page after page

  1. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Trump illuminates the path; total eclipse of the chodes.

  2. Jo Smyth

    It is amazing that despite the constant 24/7 anti Trump propaganda from every direction, t.v., radio, newspapers, Twitter, bookshops, he is still expected to win the 2020 election. It makes you wonder how it’s possible.

  3. miltonf

    You wonder how some of that muck gets published but of course there is always a market for people being told want they want to hear.

  4. Sunbird

    You may be sickened at the thought that Iran could just blow an airliner out of the sky but don’t forget America did the same thing in the eighties.

  5. Confused Old Misfit

    @sunbird: Russia too. A Korean aircraft I think. Not that this is at all relevant to the topic

  6. Behind Enemy Lines

    Nothing will apparently educate the “educated”. Their ignorance is invincible.

    We won’t argue our way out of this situation, Steve. It’s going to come down to the imposition of will.

    One of my 2020 resolutions is to waste less time on the former, and do more about the latter.

  7. MatrixTransform

    Lemme guess … Readings hawthorn

  8. MatrixTransform

    so they’ve taken down their Rad Fem Shrine ?

  9. JohnJJJ

    I wonder who was on that plane.

  10. DrBeauGan

    I liked the title “Arguing with Zombies”. The question is, who are the Zombies?

  11. 2dogs

    Where did this recurring archaeologist “Sunbird” come from? Is he an Iranian plant? Can we ban him?

  12. 1735099

    I am sickened at the thought that Iran could just blow an airliner out of the sky. Seriously, whose side are these academics on? It’s not yours.

    And how did you feel when the Americans did exactly the same thing in 1988?
    The captain of the Vincennes received the Legion of Merit “for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service as commanding officer”.

    Were you “sickened”, or did you feel just a little bit queasy?

  13. Mark A

    JohnJJJ
    #3290664, posted on January 13, 2020 at 2:37 am

    I wonder who was on that plane.

    That’s taking it a bit far, I think it was a stupid mistake all the way down from the top.
    First off, they should not have let the plane take off, second, the instructions for the missile battery should have been clear.

    The ‘incoming’ was from the wrong direction, wrong size, wrong signature.
    In other words, a monumental and tragic cock up.

  14. 2dogs

    And how did you feel when the Americans did exactly the same thing in 1988?

    I accept both were regrettable accidents.

    I accept, in both cases, action against the perpetrator before the ICJ is warranted.

    I accept, in both cases, compensation should be paid to the victims’ families.

  15. 2dogs

    Further, not “exactly the same thing”. The Iranians sent no “Military Air Distress” warnings; I doubt the Ukrainian airliner would have ignored them.

  16. sfw

    The increase in the number of jobs and wages paid is a little puzzling, is all the money the Fed has produced finally trickling down to the bottom? Is there a genuine increase in productivity or a shortage of workers? Is the US developing a double economy where limited supply assets such as property and shares etc, are grossly inflated and no longer meaningfully connected to the rest of the economy? In that case could there be a genuine economy operating in a different way to the economy of the wealthy people? Perhaps when the crash comes, and it will, the economy that the lower skilled and less wealthy inhabit will not be crushed like it was in the great depression, most of the damage will (and should) hit those who have the early access to the Feds money printing.

  17. Mater

    Further, not “exactly the same thing”.

    No, it’s definitely not.
    Flight 655 didn’t take off from the flight deck of the Vincennes.

  18. Entropy

    The increase in the number of jobs and wages paid is a little puzzling, is all the money the Fed has produced finally trickling down to the bottom?

    Reduction of the dead hand of regulation.

  19. Entropy

    Is the US developing a double economy where limited supply assets such as property and shares etc, are grossly inflated and no longer meaningfully connected to the rest of the economy? In that case could there be a genuine economy operating in a different way to the economy of the wealthy people?

    Yes, years of quantitative easing and low interest rates have been good for the asset holding class. For everyone else there was years of stagnant wages and low jobs growth.
    Reduction in regulation suddenly made it easier to do stuff, hence jobs growth.

    Perhaps when the crash comes, and it will, the economy that the lower skilled and less wealthy inhabit will not be crushed like it was in the great depression, most of the damage will (and should) hit those who have the early access to the Feds money printing.

    Dunno. Manufacturing has been pretty hollowed out, perhaps less so in the US than here but still. In apparent favour of services of course, services being in service to the asset holders and less encumbered by regulation. In the US a lot of the growth can be tagged to gas?

  20. DaveR

    The ‘incoming’ was from the wrong direction, wrong size, wrong signature.
    In other words, a monumental and tragic cock up.

    Further, not “exactly the same thing”. The Iranians sent no “Military Air Distress” warnings; I doubt the Ukrainian airliner would have ignored them.

    In other words the Iranian excuse for downing the plane is not credible. Its just made up for gullible western consumption. Its more likely they they knew it was a domestic airline and just shot it down.

  21. Mark A

    Entropy
    #3290707, posted on January 13, 2020 at 7:05 am

    Dunno. Manufacturing has been pretty hollowed out, perhaps less so in the US than here but still. In apparent favour of services of course, services being in service to the asset holders and less encumbered by regulation. In the US a lot of the growth can be tagged to gas?

    In apparent favour of services of course

    We can wash each other’s underwear only so many times.
    Eventually there must be some productive activity involved to make things roll along.

  22. Up The Workers!

    If you are too dumb to spell your own name, then the A.L.P. is the Party for you.

    For the last 102 years, they’ve been mis-spelling their own name.

    Labor(sic) – they have no need for “U”!

  23. Iampeter

    Learned ignorance page after page

    Are you looking for names for a new Steve Kates blog?
    Not bad…

    Nothing will apparently educate the “educated”. Their ignorance is invincible.

    Seriously, these are just softballs…

    PDT foreign policy is another area where one success follows another.

    Have you considered submitting your work to the Onion or the Babylon Bee?

  24. Mother Lode

    Hey, any news from the war in Vietnam? Any word on when it might end?

  25. Alessio

    And here I was thinking that the last title ARGUING WITH Zombies provided balance to the decorations by writing about the Democratic Party and its impeachment plot and the Green New Deal. Buggar, I got it wrong again!

    Any western airline worth it salt (where did that adage come from?) would completely bypass Iran while the mad mullas keep the population down.

  26. Andre Lewis

    Definitely shows the anti Trump media and so called elites have been trying to influence the public against the President since he was elected. Its not working as well as they hoped as yet though.
    More interesting is how the same media viewpoints are doing the same character assassination for PM Morrison. But here the relentless pile on the PM over the bushfire crisis that is blatantly biased and unfair and yet the Newspoll shows how well it is working.

  27. sabena

    As a matter of interest Steve,which bookshop?

  28. Mother Lode

    Its not working as well as they hoped as yet though.

    They are accustomed to their victim just standing there and taking it with minimal ducking and certainly without punching back.

    The MSM has become very adept at one game, and like any creature that becomes too specialised it is prey to change.

    Even now that Trump has established the reality of ‘fake news’ they keep pumping the same stuff out, unable to understand why it is no longer working. He has then swingly blindly, repeatedly hitting themselves, and as they become more punch drunk their flailing becomes more dangerous to them.

    Popcorn time.

  29. Slim Cognito

    Any time I enter a bookshop I am prepared to be met with an onslaught of leftist propaganda. I am never disappointed.
    Anytime I see one of Clammy Ford’s books I turn it around where it deserves to be. If I extended that to all they lefty books they would have to offer me employment.

  30. Bela Bartok

    …Looks like the bookshelf in the bookstore in Newtown NSW…
    BTW, after many conversations over the Christmas period – the issue with Donald Trump is that he treats women badly and he is a rude man.

    So there you have it…

  31. Louis Hissink

    The political left, or those enthralled with authority, always shoot the messengers. It is always personal for them since they can’t understand objective facts, the emphasis being on can’t as opposed to won’t.

  32. Terry

    But here the relentless pile on the PM over the bushfire crisis that is blatantly biased and unfair and yet the Newspoll shows how well it is working.

    Well, yes. But the key difference is we are “blessed” with a yellow-belly who wants to be liked and will not fight back.

    We are still “in Paris”.
    We still “believe in Climate Change™”
    We still think the future is in “Ruinables”.

    There is no “poll-profit” in continually trying to be a little bit pregnant.

  33. Zatara

    Flight 655 didn’t take off from the flight deck of the Vincennes.

    Nor did it fly directly into an active battle area when US ships were being attacked by Iranians.

  34. John A

    On the other hand, these are the kind of books that truly explain the moribund state of the USA and the West:

    Diana West American Betrayal

    Dinesh D’Souza Death of a Nation

    Link limit reached

  35. pbw

    Nobody has mentioned MH17. Why is that?

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