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: · 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. And "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.
©2009 Charles P. Pierce (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“A raucous rant against the armies of the right…. Pierce is at his scathing, insightful best.” (Boston Globe)
To me the examples resonated and were things that some of my more right leaning friends haven't thought through. I think there are many many more examples that make this "Idiot America"
Nothing was really "compelling" but is pressed I would have to say the narrators tone at times.
Americans *are* exceptional. We're exceptionally jingoistic, bellicose, misogynistic, self-infatuated, ignorant, illiterate, sexually enamoured of instruments of death, and so phenomenally hubristic that we presume to consider ourselves "exceptional," whereas we enjoy a Gini Index of Wealth Inequality squarely athwart that of Rwanda! (factoid taken from that left-wing, conspiratorial document, The CIA Handbook) To be fair, it's not really our fault. The malevolent plutocracy has been engaged in a forty-year campaign so to undercut American education, that we've churned out a hopelessly stultified populace eager to wave flags, root for unnecessary wars, and cheer on their own economic evisceration as we obliterate the middle class and they all move to jobs flipping burgers. Exceptional!
Pierce assembles a painfully graphic pastiche of the resultant cretinism rampant in the land, and of course, none of the dinosaur-saddling troglodytes will comprehend a word, nor will the vicious kakistocrats who've overseen the national lobotomy care a single whit. But it's worth reading (for the residue of us who still retain that faculty)... partly for its mordant humor, and partly for its historical significance as a requiem for American sentience.
First Bronson Pinchot is the best reader. it's worth listening to anything he reads. as someone who considers himself conservative this book allowed me to visit the smug lefts self indulging superiority complex that recently allowed its headlong run off the cliff.
The book started out slow and rambled, but the further in it got, the better it got and the more factual information began to become clear. For a while, I wondered if this was simply a Democrat beating up on Republicans, but it eventually came back full circle when it got to the time of the Obama administration.
Excellent coverage of the idiots on the political right, but thin coverage on the political left.
i was hesitant buying this book, but it is amazing! it should be required high school reading.
it's disheartening that the people who need to read this book the most will either never touch it or reject the premise outright based on some superfluous 'offense'.
Anyone with a pre-conceived opinion of conservatives might.
He is great in any format. I love his narrations.
Dinosaur Dressage? Atlantis? American Democracy? The stupid things we sell each other and ourselves. Oi.
There is a ton of interesting information in this book and the narration helped me to get through the material faster (listen during my drive). That said, it was often difficult to distinguish between a character being quoted - or the author interjecting his thoughts. This is obvious when reading - but not as obvious when listening.
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