The following section neatly describes what I go so annoyed about to inspire my previous post:
Thinking about it, that rant is really is about all of us, not just America, and about how people have adjusted their world-views to cope with living in an information dense society where they have been disempowered and demeaned by those in control. Acquiescing isn't enough - we have to convince ourselves that we're doing it of our own free will.
Ignorance is innocence
Complicated explanations are suspectThe world is simple, and there must be a simple explanation for everything.
Certainty is strength, doubt is weaknessAdmitting alternatives is undermining one's own belief.
Changing one's mind means one has wasted the time spent holding the prior opinion.
Your opinion matters as much as anyone else'sWhen a person has studied a topic, he has no more real knowledge than you do, just a hidden agenda.
The herd should be followed
The contemplative lemming gets trampled
Popular beliefs must be true.
No bad idea can survive.
People are generally smart.
Even if a popular belief doesn't pan out, at least you'll be in the same boat as everyone else.
We're living in Zimbardo's prison experiment and we haven't even noticed.