A Little Ignorance Can be a Pretty Scary Thing

Or so The Curmudgeon felt after reading this paragraph in a recent edition of the magazine Mother Jones:

When, in 2011, the World Values Survey asked US citizens in their late teens and early 20s whether democracy was a good way to run a country, about a quarter said it was “bad” or “very bad,” an increase of one-third since the late 1990s. Among citizens of all ages, 1 in 6 now say it would be fine for the “army to rule,” up from 1 in 16 in 1995. In a different national survey, about two-thirds of Americans could not name all three branches of the federal government or which party controlled the House of Representatives. In a third study, almost half of the respondents said the government should be permitted to prohibit a peaceful march.

At a time in which the political climate actually seems to be pushing in this direction, the idea that there are people out there who believe such things, and show such ignorance, is pretty scary.

 

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