Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death should be required reading in our entertainment/media saturated society. As bad as it was when he wrote, it’s gotten worse, and it’s led to important changes to the society and cultured foisted upon the bulk of the citizenry by the self-anointed “Ruling Class” (to coin Angelo Codevilla‘s term).
Hanlon’s razor reminds us not to attribute to malice what can be explained by incompetence, but we shouldn’t rule out malice either, and there is evidence of deliberate work being done to undermine institutions at the foundation of the United States. Here’s a very interesting piece by the Anchoress on Patheos, reposting some reflections from several years ago on the subject. Lots to consider.