I have a app for my Android phone called SmartNews, and I’m feeling it’s increasingly ill-named. The ads on the electric TV evidently tout its “voices from all sides”, but there’s an increasing number of right-wing articles in my feed and I have no idea how to get rid of them. They are from news sites with passive names like “The Bulwark”, “The Pluralist” and “The Daily Signal”, and the only way you can really winnow them out from other wingnuts like TheBlaze (which is all “HA HA DUMB LIBTARDS” all the time, even in headlines) is by clicking on them and reading the article – at which time it evidently becomes something “you’re interested in” and keeps showing up, even after you’ve realized they’re stealth conservatives.
This time it’s the Bulwark, with an article (no link, not gonna even) with a title something like “Green New Deal Reveals Dismal State of STEM Education” or some such. Click through, and it’s an article about how fuzzy-minded the stupid liberals who advocate for the GND are, not understanding The Real World and this must of course be due to the dismal state of STEM, for reasons.
Only thing is, this is from the same people who have spent DECADES destroying STEM and education in general, going back AT LEAST to 1963 when Richard Hofstadter first wrote Anti-intellectualism in American Life. They’ve celebrated the dumb and gullible, shit all over education, denounced intellectuals as “eggheads”, and generally made America stupider. I mean, look at what we have now – a President* who pulls his fucking pants down and rolls in his ignorance, while calling himself a genius. (Dunning-Kruger to the White Courtesy Phone, calling Dunning-Kruger…) The GOP has made itself the Party of Not-Science from their willful stupidity on global climate change, economics, sexuality, physics, chemistry, biology, genetics, and that’s just the beginning. They’ve destroyed public education, demeaned teachers, and shit all over higher education as a breeding ground for Communism. And now. AND NOW they’re all pissed off about a supposed lack of education on the part of GND advocates.
This is the usual pissy patronizing you get from the conservatives – “oh, you’ll wake up when you find the real world doesn’t fit your dreams” – only, the Democrats have been more oriented to science and technology than the GOP ever has, and it was a Democrat that brought us the Apollo Project. The article dismisses comparisons with that as “being for a discrete goal”, i.e. landing on the Moon, ignoring the massive level of research on everything that had to be done to take humanity from simple orbital capsules to a Moon landing in a single decade. The GND has a discrete goal – solving global climate change and instituting a more sensible economy – but it’s not one the wingnuts want to hear, so they pretend it’s “aimless”, the way they always do when they’d rather not listen. (Occupy movement, anyone?) I’ve said for years that we need a new New Deal/National Recovery Act which could put people to work in everything from playwriting to rebuilding infrastructure to mass WiFi access to architecture, as the original did. Is that not “discrete” enough?
And what spinoffs might come from research and development into Green power generation and transportation? You get the feeling that these assholes mention the Mahanttan Project and Apollo not because of the intellectual challenge, but the fact that MANLY MEN supposedly were doing MANLY things in the pursuit. The Green New Deal isn’t evidently MANLY enough for them. No missiles. No bombs. Just benefit to the world. And that’s not enough for The Bulwark.