- "Has our political system been so degraded by misinformation and disinformation that it can no longer function?"
- The Enthronment of Illogic
- How propaganda is disseminated: WikiLeaks Edition
Paul Krugman, New York (NY) Times
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Paul Krugman, New York Times (Fred R. Conrad/New York Times)
August 15, 2013 | We all know how democracy is supposed to work. Politicians are supposed to campaign on the issues, and an informed public is supposed to cast its votes based on those issues, with some allowance for the politicians’ perceived character and competence.
We also all know that the reality falls far short of the ideal. Voters are often misinformed, and politicians aren’t reliably truthful. Still, we like to imagine that voters generally get it right in the end, and that politicians are eventually held accountable for what they do.
But is even this modified, more realistic vision of democracy in action still relevant? Or has our political system been so degraded by misinformation and disinformation that it can no longer function?
Paul Krugman is the recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics. A prolific author, columnist, and blogger, he teaches economics and international affairs at Princeton University.
The Enthronment of Illogic, William Manson, counterpunch.org
- Absurd—“wildly illogical; nonsensical, preposterous” —Oxford Desk Dictionary
- Truth Is Offensive
- Human Stupidity Is Destroying the World
How propaganda is disseminated: WikiLeaks Edition, Glenn Greenwald, Salon
On the eve of a new leak, widely trumpeted Pentagon accusations about the whistleblowing site have proven false.
Human Stupidity Is Destroying the World, Mark Morford, San Francisco (CA) Chronicle / AlterNet
March 20, 2013 | Six percent of Americans believe in unicorns. Thirty-six percent believe in UFOs. A whopping 24 percent believe dinosaurs and man hung out together. Eighteen percent still believe the sun revolves around the Earth. Nearly 30 percent believe cloud computing involves…actual clouds. A shockingly sad 18 percent, to this very day, believe the president is a Muslim. Aren’t they cute? And Floridian?