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Clark

SA, interesting article. I think it leaps to its unduly clear-cut conclusions, but it’s more right than wrong; very good broad-brushwork, and concise.

Our US-European society is fractured and corroding, which is unsurprising after decades of this cult of consumerism, and individualism to the point that all personal opinion should supposedly be respected, even when it contradicts facts. The rationalists on these recent threads have been repeatedly accused of bigotry for insisting upon facts. There’s something very wrong there; no one should be insulted for that.

The article makes the important point that people’s attitude to each other is crucial; even though distrust of government may be high, people don’t conflate scientific and medical expertise with government in the way the contrarians on these threads have done. Maybe these societies are more integrated and less stratified. Maybe a higher proportion of employment is practical, connected with design and manufacture, and less with retail, promotion, advertising, “customer services” and public relations, all of which involve degrees of deception.

Pigeon English, I think the country you need to examine is Cuba; neither Russia nor India have much communist about them these days.