Being vocally anti-science has become a defining mark of a current style of politics, an intentional ignorance that recalls the Scopes Monkey Trial, argues law professor Robert Benson.They are challenging challenging facts and reality over propaganda and confabulation. Truth is in the way of total corporate take over, since the Citizens United case. Anti-intellectualism is necessary to total corporate take over of the country. It's not just evolution or global warming; it's women's right to our own bodies; it's LGBTQI civil rights: both of which rouse the rabble, distracting them from the real take over, when they, too will be silenced. Carl Sagan warned of the mobs of Alexandria thirty years ago. We did nothing to prepare, nothing to prevent the library from being stormed again, Hypatia torn apart again, the volumes destroyed again. I was so touched by the citizens of Alexandria during the Egyptian reform demonstrations: they formed a human chain, holding hands around the rebuilt library, protecting it from looters. We need to do the same. And we need to do it NOW!
When Egypt's army asserted itself during the country's recent unrest, a main goal was to protect historical sites. But when it came to the Library of Alexandria, the demonstrators protected the building themselves — by forming a human chain around it.