“The sure foundations of the state are laid in knowledge, not in ignorance; and every sneer at education, at culture, at book learning, which is the recorded wisdom of the experience of mankind, is the demagogue's sneer at intelligent liberty, inviting national degeneracy and ruin.”
-George William Curtis, writer and public speaker
The comment the Revkin kill himself as a result of a discussion clearly shows Limbaugh's crudeness, lack of depth and simplistic approach to anything that requires intelligent thought and an intellectual examination of the issues. Limbaugh is the pied piper to that simple minded part of American society that lives by sound bites and thinks that intellectuals are dangerous because they think and state opinions that they can't understand and wouldn't believe if they could.
Revkin's response was thoughtful and addressed a deeper concern for the lives of those who don't have the means to control their own existence, something that Limbaugh could not understand. It points out the differences between Revkin and a man like Limbaugh, class verses crass. While Mr. Revkin contributes to the dialogue and the examination of ways in which we can solve problems, Limbaugh contributes nothing but ignorance and bombastic drivel. While he is seen as a buffoon and fool to most thinking intelligent people, Limbaugh is a dangerous man. Dangerous in the way people like Mussolini and Hitler were and any two bit demagogue is dangerous when given a platform, in this case a microphone to preach his kind of hate. His appeal is to the basest of emotion, fear, jealousy, envy, greed, racism and the most dangerous emotion of all nationalistic ethnocentrism.
For more on what Mr. Revkin was discussing; go to Worldwatch Institute blog.
The violence of militants in Pakistan has to have political leaders around the world concerned. Pakistan is an unstable nation at best, with the various factions that sharply disagree and who are armed to the teeth. From radical islamist to a semi autonomous Pashtun Tribal Areas and a large secular society. It is the fact that Pakistan is a nuclear power that has the world worried. Pakistan is arguably seen as unstable and the most dangerous country in the world. If the government were overthrown, the question becomes who would control their nuclear weapons? The image of terrorists getting their hands on these weapons of mass destruction has world leaders concerned. Recent statements from Pakistan to assure the governments of the west that their nuclear arsenal is secure, in light of recent events, have not eased any doubts. Pakistan needs to be watched carefully, and maybe all necessary assistance must be given to their government to insure it's survival.