[OPE] Zbigniew Brzezinski on the descent into irrational politics and imbecile societal conditions

From: Jurriaan Bendien (adsl675281@telfort.nl)
Date: Thu May 15 2008 - 18:50:02 EDT

"The weakness [in contemporary America] is that we're more democratic than we've ever been before, in the sense that popular pressures translate into policy pressures very quickly [sic.]. And we're probably as ignorant as ever about the rest of the world, because everybody now lives in a kind of simplistic, trivialized virtual reality in which fact and fiction, impressions and impulses, are mixed up in an incoherent fashion. The public really has no grasp of complexities, no sense of intellectual refinement in judging them, and our political leaders have become increasingly demagogic. The way George W. Bush campaigned for the war in Iraq, with reference to fictitious WMDs, and with sweeping, simplistic, black-and-white generalizations about freedom and tyranny, is a case in point. But he was responding to our increasingly imbecilized societal condition. This is very troublesome. I think the degeneration of the newspapers as a primary source of information, the collapse of serious television news programs, and the emergence of this kind of instant communion between reality and virtual reality creates a collective state of mind that is not derived from rational analysis."

Text of interview:  http://www.the-american-interest.com/ai2/article.cfm?Id=424&MId=19ti

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