Idiot America: how stupidity became a virtue in the Land of the Free

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In his legendary career, Pierce has interviewed all manner of charlatans, politicians, demagogues and fanatics and is revered by journalists for his brilliant and ferocious Esquire articles exposing that idiocy in America is mainstream. More people vote for an American Idol than a president, the media is saturated with Paris and Britney, global warming is ignored and the internet is used a medium to spread ignorance. Pierce lets loose in him inimitable style on the foibles of society with a secret hope that being smart will fight against the trend to celebrate stupidity.
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The culture wars are over and the idiots have won. This is a veteran journalist's caustically funny, righteously angry lament about the glorification of ignorance in the United States.

The three Great Premises of Idiot America: ยท Any theory is valid if it sells books, soaks up ratings, or otherwise moves units; anything can be true if someone says it loudly enough; fact is that which enough people believe. Truth is determined by how fervently they believe it.

Charles Pierce has led a career-long quest to separate the smart from the pap, and now it's time to try and salvage the Land of the Enlightened, buried somewhere in this new Home of the Uninformed. With his razor-sharp wit and erudite reasoning, Pierce delivers a gut-wrenching, side-splitting lament about the glorification of ignorance in the United States and how a country founded on intellectual curiosity has deteriorated into a nation of simpletons more apt to vote for an American Idol contestant than a presidential candidate.

With Idiot America, Pierce's thunderous denunciation is also a secret call to action, as he hopes that, somehow, being intelligent will stop being a stigma and that pinheads will once again be pitied, not celebrated.

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subject_facet Stupidity -- Political aspects -- United States, United States -- Politics and government -- 1989- -- Philosophy
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