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Tue Jun 12, 2012, 03:41 PM

26. One time I saw Charlie Rose interviewing Richard Dawkins...

Rose said "are you aware that 40% of Americans don't believe in evolution?" Dawkins responded with "Well that doesn't surprise me. There are probably an equal number of stupid people in Britain. It's just that in Britain we don't give them all the political power."

There are ignorant people in ever country, but the United States is unique in that it's the only developed country where a) the ignorant people are actually PROUD of their ignorance, and consider it a virtue, b) they are politically active and outspoken, whereas the more enlightened people are politically timid, and c) the politicians actually let them drive the agenda. The last part is understandable, I guess, in that politicians respond to the people who make the most noise (or in some cases donate the most money to their campaigns, but political activism counts on election day too). So, it really comes down to the educated people not being loud enough, or politically active enough. We have nobody but ourselves to blame.

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