Ignorance as strength: The three pillars of the Trump presidency

I keep coming back to George Orwell’s “1984” and the notion that President Trump is bathing himself — and the rest of us — in the comforts of ignorance. If you pay attention to his news conferences and interviews, you will recognize a distinct pattern to Trump’s approach. He regularly relies on three pillars of ignorance. They are:

  1. I didn’t know about that
  2. I haven’t heard about that
  3. No one told me that

Another example of the pillars of ignorance at work is Trump’s latest bizarre theory that we wouldn’t have COVID-19 cases without testing. “Don’t forget, we have more cases than anybody in the world. But why? Because we do more testing. When you test, you have a case. When you test, you find something is wrong with people. If we didn’t do any testing we would have very few cases,” he remarked.

It was a bit of a head-scratcher for all of us. A discerning person — of any age — knows that isn’t how it works. But this is the cornerstone of the religion of ignorance. Testing is simply information. It doesn’t help or hurt anyone infected; it just tells you something. No testing allows you to speculate that the more than 90,000 people died of something else, or better yet: Who knows?


Article submitted by Plainfield2.