SchwartzReport: The Ignorance of Americans

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

If you read SR regularly you may remember the story I ran a few months ago about interviews with college students in which they demonstrated appalling ignorance about American history, but great knowledge about pop stars and cartoon figures. That was not an outlier result, as this report shows. It is clear not just that people don’t know the basics, but also that they aren’t very interested in learning them. The fact is that Americans may be too ignorant to maintain their democracy.

Millions of Americans Are Embarrassingly Ill-Informed – And They Do Not Care

There must be terrible consequences when ignorance reaches a certain level.

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Mar 27

Mongoose: Biggest Threat to the USA is … the USA

Mongoose

Mongoose

The Biggest Threat to America’s Future Is … America

Britain, France, Germany, and Italy have decided, over the objections of the United States, to join the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank, a new international-development institution, set up by China, that is poised to become a potential rival to the World Bank.

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Mar 26

Anthony Judge: Radicalization of Existence & Identity – Recognizing the global emergence and influence of daimonic dynamics

Anthony Judge

Anthony Judge

Radicalisation of Existence and Identity

Recognizing the global emergence and influence of daimonic dynamics

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Mar 25

SchwartzReport: USA #1 Threat to Peace

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

As you read this think about what has happened to the United States from the time of the Marshall Plan when people around the world looked to the U.S. as an exemplar of what a modern society should be, until today when we are the most feared nation in the world, the number one threat to peace. This didn’t happen to us, we did it to ourselves, and only we can undo it.   

The #1 threat to peace in the world? World polling suggests it’s the United States

In early 2014, Gallup International/WIN released its annual global survey based on research conducted the previous year. The most striking statistic was that 24 percent of people around the world believe that the U.S. poses the greatest threat to peace. The runners-up were far behind: eight percent of respondents thought Pakistan was the greatest threat, while six percent thought it was China. And only five percent of those surveyed thought Iran was a threat to world peace. The numbers are based on interviews with 1,000 people in 65 different nations. (The survey published this year did not contain the same question.)

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Mar 24