Is the World Returning to the Dark Ages? | Salman Rushdie

Is the World Returning to the Dark Ages? | Salman Rushdie


Well, I saw a really alarming newspaper article
just a week or so ago in which it was—some survey had shown that more than 50 percent
of self-identifying Republicans believed that universities were bad for America, really
that universities were actually a negative, harmful force in American life. I mean I had never seen any group of people
saying that before, so that was shocking. And I do think this is not unique to America,
because also in England there is a similar kind of distrust of expertise. In the Brexit vote there—one of the things
that came up over and over again was a dislike of experts “telling you what to think”. And so somehow this mistrust of “people
who know things” has become internationalized, it’s not just something about the American
Right. Obviously to somebody who has seen knowledge
as being a great virtue and who has spent his life trying to accumulate little bits
of it and somebody who thinks of knowledge as a kind of beauty, it’s very discomforting
to say the least to have people who think of it as being suspicious. You know, um… Because what’s happening it seems to me
is a strange distortion of the idea of the elite. If you ask me “What’s an elite?” I would think more about the many, many billionaires
sitting in the Trump administration. Here’s a government with more super-rich
people in it than has ever been in any American government, and that government calls college
professors and journalists elites. We’re not the ones with private planes and
golf courses in the Bahamas—relatively few novelists have these things. And the idea that we’re the elites, whereas
that group, that kind of 0.1 of the 1 percent that considers itself to be in some way possessing
the common touch, that just seems like an absurd comic inversion of reality. I think one of the things we see at the moment,
and I tried to in a way capture in the novel, is this idea of a world turned upside down,
in which things that one thought of as being normal—solid, believable descriptions of
reality—are being stood on their head everyday. The idea of reality itself, the idea of truth
is something verifiable and objective, all these things are being inverted and knocked
off their pedestals. Well, I mean there is a terrible thing which
writers sometimes say to each other, which is, “The worse it is the better it is,”
because when the world is in a terrible condition there’s a lot to write about. I mean one demonstration of this is the literature,
very often underground literature—the Samizdat literature of the Soviet Union was of an extraordinary
quality when there was this colossal adversary of Soviet authoritarianism. Many writers, both in a fiction and nonfiction,
rose to that challenge and created extraordinary work. And I think it’s not unfair to say that
the literature of the post Soviet Union, the literature of Russia since 1989, that there
is a somewhat of a falling off, that it’s not quite as intense and extraordinary as
that earlier work because of the lack of the adversity. To put it in another way it seems to me that
spy fiction was enormously damaged by the loss of the Soviet Union because suddenly,
who were the enemy? So I do think that in times this, which are
very adversarial and in which the question of the truth has become so central, there’s
a big place for art, there’s a really big role for art to speak up in such a time. And I think more or less every writer I know
in America is considering how best to respond to the place we find ourselves, including
me. Most of this book was written before November
the 8th, I mean the vast bulk of it was finished before the election. And I’m sorry to say that I guessed right,
that’s to say that I always knew that if things had gone another way that there would’ve
had to be some reshaping of a part of the book. (But actually anyway I needed to do a bit
of reshaping because things don’t always turn out exactly as you foresee.) But I wanted to try and capture this strange
moment and to tell the truth that part of the novel is very much background rather than
foreground, so the actual storyline of the book, what happens to the characters and how
they resolve their particular dilemmas, that would not have been altered in any way if
the election had gone in another way. I mean the story is the story, but the context
of the story, the way in which America developed from the beginning of the Obama administration
to the present moment, what happened in that arc of time, that’s the context against
which the story takes place. And there I had to guess and gamble a little
bit and then try and fix things right up till the moment the book went to the presses, so
that’s more or less—there’s a moment when they take your fingers off the keyboard
and say “we’re printing the book today, so you can’t do anymore!” But until that moment I was trying to fix
things.

100 Comments on "Is the World Returning to the Dark Ages? | Salman Rushdie"


  1. The founders of the United States believed that it would ONLY survive if its citizenry were informed. But, how many of the people truly apply themselves in SERIOUS STUDY of the vital issues of our time, such as CLIMATE CHANGE and SPECIES EXTINCTION?
    Someone once said that people get the government they deserve. If this is true, I can only pray that a majority of us will "wake up."

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  2. I think corruption has alot to do with the distrust of the intellectual, or expert. With nepotism, legacy admissions, donations, arrogance, inflated egos, class divide, massive privilege etc… has alot to do with this. It's not in the actual person, or institution. Look at government, pharmaceutical co, insurance co, oil industries, corporations, doctors, military, and so on. The bottom line is money, profit, prestige, and greed changes the intent, and the purpose of having the privilege of a good education. Education without wisdom is very destructive. I think people are feeling it, and there is rightful distrust. Yes, there are a few people who have taken their passion, gifts, and privilege for the betterment of life on this planet. With much gratitude to them, but something is definitely off balance here. It's not just about the dumb hick against the intellectual. That's to simple

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  3. 300% rise in the cost of education over the last few decades, $1 Tril in US student loan debt, diminishing value of 4 year degrees (generally speaking), and the recent college admissions scandal all speak loudly and clearly for themselves.

    The distrust is targeted towards the aristocrats who belong to the lucky sperm club, who believe they can rest on their laurels or that the world owes them something simply because of their last name, or how much money they paid to receive an education. This type of behavior is especially frowned upon in capitalist, free enterprise systems where each member has to pull his or her own weight, or else suffer to the forces of the “hidden hand” of competition.

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  4. Most Republicans don't see education as bad, but the fact that liberal ideas seem to spread like wild fire there. If I don't think a man should kiss a man i'm racist, bottom of the earth scum. that thinking will only divide us more. I don't know if liberals understand that as time goes on there ideas will eventually give way to a new era of conservatism which will lead to an era of liberalism. The cycle repeats.

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  5. The argument itself is already implying poor people knows more than the rich, which is not only a statement based on absolutely no data or evidence, it is also an awful generalization.🤢

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  6. Right wingers keep telling us that our colleges are taught by left leaning liberal fanatics. Truth is, in my college experience at Barstow College in California (supposedly liberal heaven) I was private messaged by two of my professors. One took offense that I believed that Jesus ( I'm agnostic) wasn't concerned about gays and thus Christians shouldn't be either. I based this off the fact that of the thousands and thousands of text in the Bible there are only two brief sentences on the topic. You would think the scripture would be dripping with rules and guidelines on the topic if God really was concerned. The question arose because the professor asked us the question "Is Being Gay a Sin?" and my answer was so compelling that he private messaged me and antagonized me about my belief. It was very awkward and cringy and it was painfully obvious that he had posed the question not so much for objective learning purposes but rather to push his agenda. And no, this wasn't a theology class but a physical education class.

    In a separate incident, in my history class the professor opened up the class with a question about our freedom in the US and when I replied he singled me out and messaged me "challenging" my belief that factory life in the late 1800's and early 1900's was hellish. This is historically well known and yet he took offense because "capitalism" is perfect, free market is great and those people who got their bodies mutilated, poisoned and killed working in the factories before unionization "were better off than if they had no job at all." He went on a rant about how great capitalism is and was very defensive and actually attacked me more than the argument.

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  7. The mistrust isn't of experts themselves, it's of the experts' allegiance to money or corporate interest. The surgeon general told people smoking doesn't cause cancer. The opioid crisis was started by doctors. These are experts we we're told to trust.

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  8. Nobody is against knowledge you fucking dipshit. The disdain for university comes from the idea that college is full of communist, anti-American professors who teach people to hate themselves and America. God. it's so frustrating to listen to this faux intellectual elitist prick making a total moron out of himself as he completely misses the point, all the while smiling in smug satisfaction as he basks in his delusional and non existent intellectual superiority.

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  9. Well my opinion on the first topic Colleges, I think they are there needs to be less colleges, that only does who really want to get educated go, but to the point that a certification will not restrict someone who know how to do something to get a job just cuz they don't have that, but people still hired them without the certificate cuz in the end of the day its about Exp.

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  10. They are distrusting since they are skeptical. CEO's get paid even if the companies suffer, but employees get laid off in the masses. Wall street aim to sell terrible performing products to pension funds for the average government worker. Oil companies lobby against climate change to maintain peak profitability (I'm a former petroleum engineer). It's no wonder some people don't trust the experts.

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  11. I don't think it's about Expertise and more about Left leaning Professors (i.e. Professor Naima Lowe, Evergreen Unuversity and such)

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  12. Is wealth the cousin of ignorance? It's quite difficult to pay attention to the screams and keep your money too. So you want to be successful, huh?

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  13. PEOPLE ARE SUSPICIOUS BECAUSE BANKERS PRETEND TO BE WISE AND THEN FUCK US OVER. THEN PEOPLE EXTRAPOLATE THAT TO MOST "DEGREE'ED" JOBS

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  14. Self proclaimed experst you mean?
    Like when linguist chomsky constantly comment on politics and economics based on his ideology aka communism?

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  15. Wow , do you guys even read communism history?
    It has alwas been like this , ideologs alwas think of themselves as enlighted intellectual.
    Devoted muslims think they know better .
    Empirisim supposed to be the judge of these claims but none of these intelectuals yield to it , because rationalism gives you a lot more freedom to bullsh!t.

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  16. The rise of fascism. Requires this hatred/fear of academics. It also happened in the 30s in Germany.

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  17. Fix your god damned administrative side of the institutions and maybe they could be more effective at educating. As it stands they just pump out credentials, not knowledge. Too focused on money and not on the educator/student relationship

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  18. The super rich buy these 'experts' we don't trust. It's not intelligence we distrust, it's the corruption. Universities don't train morals enough. At the same time the GOP people distrust universities as they do teach critical thinking and thus endanger their position.

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  19. The problem is that many so-called experts have abused our government. Think of all the Ivy educated bankers and economists as well as politicians who have screwed our nation. I’m not saying that anti-intellectuals are correct, but rather that intellectualism has been abused.

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  20. The best example of this is right wingers think that Trump IS intelligent simply because he is wealthy, even though Trump doesn't know a thing about history, geography, ecology, literature, politics, anthropology, and (but not limited to) physics. Accumulated knowledge is what makes a human intelligent, not money.

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  21. How dare the common people question their academic and aristocratic betters… This video is just more leftist Trump bashing. Yawn…Moving on…

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  22. Trust the experts? What happens if they're experts in fucking you over. Trust people without understanding them… that's just a recipe to say fuck me over as much as you want and no one respects that person either. So fuck this guy he's an idiot…. I'm an expert in that, and if you elect me I will give everyone a giant mansion and flying cars, because god damn it I'm a mother fucking expert.

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  23. Everywhere but in the U.S. we get that entitled lack of exposure to real life (coddled geneticly weak) results in morons in control.

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  24. This is America, the people are like the dumbest groups in the world. Which is why we got Trump😡 as president we’ll believe in anything. And we’ll accuse anyone then go too far. You wouldn’t believe that there still people here who refuse to read a book 📖!

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  25. The problem with intellectuals is not that average people think they don't know, it is the condescending way they deliver their knowledge. The professors, scientists, politicians, and journalists act as if we aren't intelligent and we common folk need them to think for us and save us from ourselves. All the while they are doing what they tell us not to. It's the double standards, condescension and pompous behavior of the left and liberal elites. Rushdie being of them. (If he was so smart he wouldn't be surprised half of Americans want to be left alone.) Add the rebellious nature and most Americans and of course we're gonna tell you to piss off.

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  26. There should be a Nobel Prize for 'Stupid'. Wow, wouldn't there be an overcrowded field!! Might have to have a few more prizes for runners-up. 🙂

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  27. Rushdie is an intellectual elitist. He's been replaced by the monied elite. Just a thought — maybe we should return some power back to the people.

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  28. It's about voluntary association. Expertise is a service that should be sought out by voluntary participants. . The idea that experts have jurisdiction over you is what is unsavory and rejected.

    Elites, in my view, are those with political power, because political power is the power of violence to force those to conform to your will . Political power is for sale to the highest bidder and available to those who are most capable of winning public opinion; This includes the rich, media, and academia.

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  29. The contemporary industrialized human has become the sickest animal to ever walk the planet – A Parasite!

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  30. Abe Lincoln stated that America would never be destroyed from the outside, but from the Inside. I wonder these days what the West is doing. In 2018, NATO countries spent over 1300 Billion Euros on weapons. China spent 200 Billion Euros and Russia spent 40 Billion Euros. GW Bush and Obama both stated the Cold War was over, yet it seems there are interests playing to get it started again.

    Assange being attacked for releasing documents handed to him, that exposed the lies of the West. When he was releasing documents relating to China, Russia and Nth Korea, he was the darling. The does it against the West and they want to throw him in jail for life, or even execute him. Manning back in Jail again for not wanting to testify against Assange. All Assange did was release documents that embarrassed the West, very similar to the reporters exposing Nixon in Watergate, or other reporters releasing documents that embarrass politicians. This is an attack on the freedom of the press, and all Assange was, a publisher, he did not steal the documents.

    The constant attacks by Trump and his administration on the MSM, yet Fox News, Brietbart, Infowars are fine in their book. If the news about Trump is negative, its fake, it it is positive, it is true. And Trump supporters stand firm with him, even though he has never mingled or even been with them. He has always been rich, yet the poor think he is on their side. Yet attack Obama for becoming a Millionaire for giving talks around the world. ALL previous POTUS and Administration officials have done the same thing, got rich giving talks and advising.

    Politicians attacking the experts, yet the majority of politicians are actually Lawyers, and rich ones at that. Western populations attacking the experts, believing that they are in it for the money and nothing else. Climate change scientists are lying for funding. NASA is lying about everything just for funding. Yet they say nothing about the money the defense industries make out of killing. When your population attacks education and free press, then you know that civilization is slowly being eroded down towards anarchy.

    Society is taking a big step backwards, and we will all suffer.

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  31. No, the USA and certain other western countries are certainly going into a sort of a social and scientific darkness, however Asia is moving ahead where education is seen as critical.

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  32. There is nothing wrong with ALL of Western Civilization, that wouldn't be cured with the BURNING of every university and the execution of every faculty member.

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  33. The problem largely, is that billionaires like the Koch brothers can not pay universities enough (YET!) to teach their special brand of self-serving Free-market reactionary , upside-down cult world of Ayn Rand and paragraphs of a few extremely obscure crackpot libertarian economists. SOOOOoo, THEY JUST GIVE MONEY TO pr FIRMS, THINK TANKS, NEWS TO SAY THAT UNIVERSITIES ARE CORRUPTED BY COMMIES ETC.

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  34. collages are not the same thing as education and understanding . the way most collages are run are very detrimental

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  35. I think the problem is that the world has shifted do drastically and quickly that it's become virtually impossible for the average person to maintain a working understanding of it. Maybe it's less a lack of trust in experts and a failure to recognize that it's become increasingly difficult to determine who the experts actually are. When the majority of people are getting their information from free online sources, are they going to be drawn to charisma, sensationalism, comfort, and smugness.

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  36. Liberals still don't get it. There isn't a Republican war on smart people. Conservatives still admire intelligent people. Donald Trump himself doesn't claim to be an average joe. He claims to have an IQ of 160 and brags about being a Billionaire. Trump made the case that the establishment politicians in charge or the political elite were not doing a good job and that someone who wasn't a politician could do a better job. He had a strong argument given how the Iraq war (supported by the experts in the military and the media) and the great recession (caused by the experts on Wall Street and at the Federal Reserve) had turned out. Barrack Obama who was touted as the smartest president ever declared the economy would never recover and that Trump's promises to bring about a recovery were pure fantasy. "What kind of magic wand do you have" was his direct quote. It turned out Trump did have a magic wand. He cut taxes and regulation, so unemployment fell, stock prices surged, and GDP growth increased. You can dislike Trump for other reasons, but in that regard he did what he promised he was going to do.

    As far as Conservatives believing Universities to be bad for the country they have a point. How do you justify charging someone $100,000 dollars for a degree in Women's studies, Latino American Studies, African American Studies, etc? These people are going to be competing with Engineers from China and Programmers from India in a global job market and all they know how to do is vote Democrat and bemoan capitalism. If you borrow $100,000 dollars to get a degree in Women's studies you are going to start your career on the wrong side of capitalism. The universities are also no longer a space for free intellectual discussion. If someone like Ben Shapiro comes to give a speech the University erupts into a riot and students are offered counseling for a speech that didn't end up taking place. I know a lot of Conservatives and if you tell them you got a degree in economics or that you got into medical school they are going to congratulate you and be impressed with your achievement. If you tell them you got a degree in Latino American studies they are going to act as if you just told them you painted Tom Sawyer's fence for free.

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  37. Off the subject but I do not buy anything that is advertised especially Organifi stuff. He makes a lot of false claims .

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  38. I love when someone equates scientific expertise with political opinion and treats everyone with the opposite political view as a scientific ignorant.

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  39. Returning? We never left. The world is a neo feudal globalist technocracy that's getting worse and worse. Enjoy your relative freedom while it lasts. The globalists are close to completing their quest for world domination. The geopolitical conflict is staged. The west will lose and then they'll "reform" the UN which will serve as the vehicle for world domination. Chabad lubavitch controls both trump and putin. Besides all that this guy is throwing up strawmans for ignorant people to cling to. He's basically preaching authority bias. Assume that science and it's experts are true. No one lives in a vacuum and "experts" and "scientists" don't deserve blind faith. He also reinforces this false paradigm of left vs right. Conservatives are dumb greedy people who distrust "science". Brexit voters ditto. Seeing as those people will be proven "right", in other words, the globalists want that side of the dialectical conflict to win so it shall. He's also orwelling the word "elite". He's making it sound like as if there's no real consensus about it's definition and that it's a distinction that holds little merit and shouldn't be taken seriously. There's only one possible group of people who can be defined as the elite. They are the people behind the proxy families like Rockefeller, Rothschild and the "royals". Rockefeller is just a frontman proxy and scapegoat. They do their dirty work and then take the fall for it. Most insidious of everything this man is saying is that you, the so called enlightened big think subscriber(which is a globalist disinformation channel), should have the implicit assumption that there's a "truth" establishment that only works for the good of mankind and that doubting that establishment would be as ignorant as voting yes on the brexit or being a conservative who's anti university. Brainwashing is subtle, but you can't fool everyone. There's no authority on truth. No establishment gets to decide what you should believe or don't. At least in a free world. You can't put your trust in anyone, but your own logic and method. This is the only safeguard against tiranny. Constant vigilance and eternal scrutiny. Truth is truth no matter who discriminates it, but it may never be enforced. Also don't fall for the greater good fallacy. It's a sly little argument that's often made to bring people into the fold of someone's designs. We need to do a to achieve b because that would be better for mankind. You need to give up your freedom in the name of climate change, because then the world will not end. You need to go on a crusade for the love of god. Virtuous ideals do not constitute logical reasoning. Just ask yourself whether this "truth" he's preaching is the real truth.

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  40. The fifty percent of Republicans who say that universities are bad for American life are most likely referencing the SJW/safespace movements born out of the humanities departments. The loud, shrill, white-male bashing instincts of those uneducated faculty members have done more to damage youth in this country than drugs, MTV, and premarital sex combined.
    It's sad to watch Mr. Rushdie obviously take something out of context to suit his argument when he was a victim of that many years ago.

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  41. 100% of liberal democrats want hereditary control – also known as communism. Hereditary control is the dark ages.

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  42. Given the levels of complexity in technology, business, economics, the environment, etc., hardly-any to partial expertise is all that's possible (even among our most intelligent). And, there's no cross-lateral expertise between these domains and their many sub-domains, at all. Yet, our institutions, and the folks who run them, claim full-on expertise without hesitation or care or credibility! The arrogance is frightening.

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  43. 0:21 It's not that people think that Universities are "bad" (for America or anyone else). The fear is that the Humanities Departments in Universities are dangerous, because they attempt to impose their radical ideas on society with no testing and no consequences to them if they are wrong. The Science, Engineering, and Math departments in Universities are just fine.
    Read "The Uses of Pessimism: And the Danger of False Hope" by Roger Scruton.

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  44. Information overload+Obvious 24/7 bullshit from formerly trusted institutions+Real facts manipulated or mixed with bullshit to constantly put down one specific group of people="I believe the Earth is flat"

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  45. I don't think this guy realizes that the "elites" the trump admin are talking about are the people/groups of people that monopolize our culture producing institutions. Comparing your regular old billionaire who is more focused on making/retaining his wealth as opposed to burning it to force change on our culture (cause changing culture will always be less profitable than providing to and subsidizing current culture because you can always make more money by appealing to the mainstream audience since its a larger set of people) to the people (such as journalists, writers, academics, activists, schools, etc) who are in the business of spreading new ideas and creating change in our culture is the same as comparing a wealth medieval merchant to those that worked for the catholic church (the main institution of cultural change during the medieval era). Eventually the church was overthrown and lost its seat as the culture producing institution, but it took years of constant eroding of trust, and a whole black death later before the people decided to collectively not look towards this institution to gain its cultural insights. SO… if you are one of these current producers of culture, instead of criticizing the people for loosing trust in you and the institution, it would be more productive for society if you asked why are they are loosing trust in you and our institutions. And I know, some of you are going to point out that but sooooooome biillionaires fund alot of these journalists and producers of culture… And yes, in those cases you would be correct, those billionaire would be a part of the current cultural producing institution, but realistically how much control do these investors have over what specific articles are written, or what specific books are published, or which specific professors are hired or the classes they teach? Not much… in most cases they can choose a direction, but no the specific topics produced or promoted. On top of that most of these current culture producing institutions do not even need revenue flows from billionaires to sustain themselves because we the people of this culture for hundreds of years have ordained them as the institutions we look towards to produce new ideas, and because of this they can sustain themselves of the revenue they generate from the people (either through taxes paid by the people or people directly paying these institutions). The only time these institutions need to survive off of investor revenue streams is when the people are loosing trust in these institutions (which might be what is happening now)

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  46. China provides education and is part of government policy and planning……5,000,000 engineers graduating annually……have a serious think about that number. Do you think Republicans would have a negative attitude to Universities if they were delivering huge numbers of engineers, scientist, ie useful people instead of huge numbers of useless people, in their estimation. Considering the collapse of infrastructure in USA Inc, they have a point.

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  47. Are the republicans the ones getting into debt for a gender studies degree?
    Knowledge ≠ Wisdom.
    Do you consider Ocasio-Cortez to be intelligent? She's "educated".
    Indoctrination ≠ Intelligence.
    Do you think Hillary would be doing a better job than Trump? Has any women leader done a good job?
    Women ≠ Men.
    Does TDS make you feel smart?
    Emotionalism ≠ Sanity.

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  48. Who needs a political leader who was a city council person, a mayor, and a governor, when we can pick a circus clown and a TV character created by TV writers? Common Sense was once an insult of poor uneducated people who worked for royalty. Now common sense is a rallying cry of the ignorant as if they have some great knowledge not available to the educated. They are the ignorant masses who think spending billions of dollars on a border wall will have a positive impact on their lives, when the reality is that we have been using illegal immigrant labor for GENERATIONS to keep food costs down. And now they have asked the same billionaires who hold their wages down to lead them to prosperity. “and this is how Democracy fails, to thunderous applause.”

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  49. People don't trust universities because of the garbage they teach. STEM isn't immune to this. I have a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I can't tell you how many stupid engineers I've met.

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  50. Where does one begin w/ the arrogance combined w/ ignorance that Rushdie displays in this video? And the comment section to this awful, worthless video is no better.

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  51. Could this not be partly due to intellectuals eating themselves and fostering this behavior and giving it validity? Take for example the scandal about the 20 faked Peer Reviewed papers, this was done to expose these intellectuals this person is lauding. From this short clip that he is ignoring the vast proliferation of one sided view points presented on college campuses. When opposing views are presented, they are shouted down or shut down entirely before the ideas are presented. I true echo chamber where this guy only perpetuates the intellectual divide and helping to propagate tribalism in the sense of political parties rather than speaking about facts, especially facts that make people uncomfortable. From what I've read and understand, the list of offended and uncomfortable facts, topics, and issues multiply at a rapid rate daily.

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  52. If the media weren't actually so full of shit it would be much easier to get behind this sentiment.

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  53. I'm a left wing liberal and I have to admit, the universities are kind of like a cult now. At least when I went back to school at night, sort of scary.

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  54. He's absolutely right about literature. In addition, I would go so far as to say that when artists and writers receive government support their art is rarely insightful.

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  55. Mr. Rushdie should do a talk on what tenure is and how much more the tenured in universities oppress and impoverish staff positions in universities. This is all forked tongue philosophy.

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  56. Interesting commentary.
    What about harvard firing Ronald Sullivan for doing his job as a lawyer.
    What about expelling Bret Weinstein and his wife ftom evergreen by an angry mob?
    What about troubles Jordan Peterson had at his university ?
    What about leftists preventing discussion on any subject important to out future by claiming oponents are nazis etc?
    Is that not so that some comedians do nog even try to go to universities anymore thanx to pc and triggers hysteria?
    And yes universities are part of our society ee can consider elite even if they cease to be an intellectual kind. Strangely these people go hand in hand with others that can easilly be seen as elite or what do you call top of Democratic party and the rich guys supporting them?
    I agree that trump was not a perfect choice but there is a problem there and he seems to be the onlg way people had to say no in that elections. I do not like it but seeing the alternative makes me even more sick.

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  57. Huge leap to say that people don't trust expertise, he must be unaware that it's the weaponization of social politics is what people don't trust. Duh.

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  58. 1:07 “this mistrust of people who know things” is due to an inferiority complex, I think

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  59. Holy cow Batman this was done a year ago what will you say today buddy! Life on Earth right now is like watching a slow-motion train wreck

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  60. The numbers of people attending university is a sign of decadence as well! Theres no point in a liberal arts degree in the real world.
    Continued education is fantastic for somebody whom is overly intellegent and plans upon performing a job that without the continued education isnt possible to perform.
    1 in 10 used to attend university, and they didnt turn out debt slaves with worthless degrees in the process.
    University is now how one extends childhood a lil bit longer.
    It's a hyperinflation is all it is. A hyperinflation of so called professors, and hyper inflated amounts of college degrees chasing the same jobs.
    Do people not get why college is frowned upon as a net negative for employers or trades people having to deal with college indoctrinated people.
    It's the entrepreneur that needs celebrated, the truth tellers who are being suppressed that need listened to.
    Not the billionaires, athletes, socialist professors and teachers.
    The truth is freedom. The truth is out there. Self education is the most valuable education there is. It's all here. It's simple to decipher. It just requires one thing.
    The ability to think critically!

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  61. The cult-of-ignorance hates for experts to tell them what to think but they never flintch when religious figures and their political puppets tell them what to think!

    Ignorance is NOT BLISS! IGNORANCE IS SLAVERY!!!

    We have left the inmates take over the asylum and it is time to send them back into their cages!

    #IgnoranceIsSlavery

    #ItIsOkToBeSmart

    #NeverApologizeForBeingTheSmartestPersonInTheRoom

    #KnowledgeIsPower

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  62. This is why the educational elite and far left in general are losing the trust of middle class. You mis-quote everything. Conservatives never said that at least not the vast majority of conservatives. The current extremeleft leaning on liberal arts institute campuses is dangerous because we see example after example of campuses where students are becoming intolerant of any conservative speech on their grounds'. Violence, intimidation and shaming are used to instill fear of speaking up. Most surprising is the shaming of women if they express support of pro life or Trump God forbid. Try to show some honesty when you use polls or research. Or you'll end up shocked like the media was on last election.

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  63. There's gotta be something behind this. Perhaps it's because the experts use force to shove their ideas down the throats of people whether they like it or not. Or perhaps people see some experts not having real world experience just theories.

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  64. Well, experts and liberal elites in the media talk down to the white peasantry as idiots and not only that they refer to them as dumb or deplorables in the media constantly. The right is being chastized publically by thier overlords so , how can the left NOT EXPECT the white christian peasants to turn against them?

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  65. Intellectuals are not the elite. The intellectuals perpetuate the elite’s agenda Mr.Fat bald british man. You are a useful idiot for the liberal billionares and so is Big Think.

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  66. A country of illiterates I less of a threat to the establishment, don't you see how the Trump supporters no nothing but believe everything you tell them🤔

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  67. Yes. Young privileged entitled kids are becoming socialists, it seens that they are not forced to study our past.

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  68. Yes, the proliferation of new media, from radio and television in the 20th century to the internet platforms of the 21st and the capture of these as well as academia and other institutions by manipulative, duplicitous, propagandistic, malicious, parasitic, leftist ideologues, has led to the industrialization of lying for the purpose of accelerating the extraction, consumption, and destruction of the stores of wealth, in all its forms, that constitute civilization itself.

    The resulting Ignorance, poverty and superstition sounds like a dark age to me.

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  69. Well that’s funny that you put an emphasis on Trump administration as if his administration is the only one that have been surrounded by corporate moguls and lobbyists.
    US government run by corporations, Trump is just their representative same as Obama or Clinton’s. They represent interests of corporations not the people. Though it’s important to point out that Trump is the only that doesn’t belong to a lawyer clan.
    Bushes, Clinton’s and Obama all of them studied law. Trump studied business, this is why things started to shift very rapidly, because he is a businessman not a politician.
    Needless to say that scientists normally don’t thrive for power and control, they do belong to elite groups though. Because rich people love to surround themselves with intellectual individuals to appear smart. They know they can use expert advice to control masses, this is where distrust is coming from.
    Nothing against scientists personally though scientists are not heroes they will do what they were told.

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