DjVortex wrote:I don't know if it's just because I'm more aware of things happening in the United States today than I was 10 or 20 years ago, but I nevertheless get the impression that the "war on reason" has escalated in the past 5 years or so to almost unprecedented levels.
20 years ago it was basically a political suicide for a politician to start loudly spouting religious fundamentalism. It would have driven away all the voters of competing denominations. Nowadays it seems to be the exact opposite: It would be a political suicide not to.
20 years ago there was no big war against evolution, skepticism and atheism. Sure, there has always been such a thing in one way or another for as long as those things have existed, but 20 years ago it was a minor, inconsequential little silliness performed by some preachers behind their pulpits. Nowadays they are a loud mainstream. Nowadays you get major TV celebrities and newscasters spouting anti-scientific nonsense loudly and proudly on prime-time TV. Nowadays religious groups are heavily pressuring politicians to introduce the nonsense into the government and classrooms, and in many cases even succeeding at that.
But why now? What's so different today compared to 20 years ago?
Is it the economic crisis? When people feel insecure for their future, when it seems like the world is going down the drain, do people more eagerly turn to fairytales and myths for help?
Scarier is the fact that nobody on the Democratic side will question the leadership they have which of course is based on reason
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