Observing the News #1…
The education gap
The great divide in America is between the educated and the uneducated, the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. This explains why the Democrats push for free higher education, while the GOP policies would dumb down Americans. Since all education is a liberalizing experience, those without it are left with no intellectual tools to reject conspiracy theories, the facts of history, and the truths of science. Until the education gap is narrowed, there can be no meaningful exchange across the American political divide.
GENDERED HIGHER EDUCATION
Women (60%) continue to dominate male enrollments (40%) in colleges. The keepers of this statistic have not drilled down on the causes, but it is the culmination of a long term trend. Understanding why this is happening may give us some answers regarding the illiberal male backlash against intellectual honesty in politics, health, science and social programs.
That the unvaccinated are clinging to a “horse dewormer” as a Covid cure is a perfect example of the great divide. This group is devoid of intellectual curiosity and consequently don’t use the search power of the internet to separate anecdote from accepted fact. It is irrelevant to them that both vaccines and ivermectin are the products of the same Big Pharma. Those of us who choose to be vaccinated do not do so until we have understood the biological mechanisms at work. Those who choose ivermectin cannot point out any such mechanisms. For them, ivermectin is approved because it fits their political narrative surrounding the pandemic. Such contrarianism is immature and can kill you.
LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE
President Biden has been criticized from the left and right for the messy withdrawal from Afghanistan, without proof that any alternative would have been less messy. Unlike the previous president, Biden does not act in a vacuum. He accepted the positions of the CIA and the military that all was in place for an orderly withdrawal. Both were wrong, as they have been throughout the entire 20 years of this war. Best during the heat of the moment to refrain from conclusions that seem obvious.
The American right is so protective of individual freedom…except when it comes to the lives of women and the vaccinated. The White Christian minority would force every American to live by its religious and political beliefs. This is exactly the Taliban modus operandi.