Breaking out of the Post-Truth Era

 

Philosophy blogs have virtually unanimously pointed out that with the election of  reality-star Trump to the presidency (perhaps the most blatant liar to become a president in living memory or longer,), we have clearly passed into the post-truth era. An emotion-driven era when the majority of the population casually disregard objective facts, and choose to believe the lies from cults of personality.  Scott Adams is another casualty of our time, to put it charitably, (although; as I’ve hinted, perhaps he wasn’t “captured” and is a knowing a traitor to reason). Irregardless, since he is old enough to croak at any time, it is fairly safe to not waste more time reading his blog in the unlikely chance he will come around again. If we take the charitable view rather than subscribing malicious dishonesty, the Conservative turned Alt Right satire artist is definitely a cautionary tale in how one’s rationality can decline, and I wish I had an insider who could explain how this particular case happened. Honestly that is my greatest fear, and why I’m seriously considering vowing not to vote once I turn 70. Just as not all voters are equally qualified to vote, or  should be heeded equally, in a slightly better  world  the Supreme Court justices would actually retire before they failed to keep up with the times. 40 years of  a conservative majority in the Supreme Court tapping away at their typewriters must be  the primary reason that our consumer production laws have been gutted since their inception. Although to be fair, judges do drift left over time (probably moreso than the general population), which is probably why conservative radio especially wants to reduce their terms–to keep them from drifting too far.

(The Justice Gerald Ford appointed was famous for shifting to a liberal position in 30 years. Once again reality seems to have a liberal basis to it.)

Considering that most lawyers are Democrats, as are the law schools they graduate from, to the extent that Democrats are liberal or anti-corporate, it must be very frustrating to be unable to reform the law and bring it into the new millennia through rigorous debate. I still believe lawyers are far better than average people at thinking critically about social issues, from my anecdotal experiences talking to them, so it’s a shame to see them held down. I have often thought they could do a better job at running the country than the “official” lawmakers in the legislative branch, especially since they have tended to have better credentials. In theory they would be  less constrained by the Overton window in a world that doesn’t yet value valid discourse. It’s as Churchill said — “The best argument against demoacrwcy is a five minute conversation with your average voter.” – That’s why it oft fails today.

We would probably still need to cut down on income inequality and ensure their job security to keep them from expanding a bureaucracy that favors frivolous legislation – America having the dubious honor of being the country that has the most lawsuits and the highest paid lawyers. I haven’t solved that problem, and I likely won’t, but believe an obscure answer already exists in the hidden knowledge within the  fields of ignored management literature. If we valued the greek agora, and (this is so crucial) had emotionally grounded people, society would develop critical thinking and herd immunity to bad ideas. The real problem with religion is that it is an obstacle to clear thinking; once it inevitably falls away, our exponential rate of discoveries and correction of injustices will only accelerate. There will be no Rupert Murdoch style centralized media networks, no Scott Adams, no blatantly lying Presidential canidates as soon as emotionally controlled logic-driven voters stopped voting on whims or to brag about their tastes and identity, and the lower percentile refrain from voting while the voting percentile actually demand qualified leaders. Being born just 100 years from now would have made such a difference in the quality of learning from conversation. I’ve actually outlined how we will get to a vastly better society with greater general fairness and quality of life, once religion dies naturally, with our most terrible problems greatly diminished, but that first step will take time, and it is a post for another day.

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