The Decline in Intelligence
It has been documented that during the 1970s a 'Dumbing Down' process began at educational institutions.
This came right after the post World War II push (1950 -1968) to create a super educated population which could 'win' the Cold War.
A copy of a syllabus of a 6th grade class in 1960; compared with the syllabus used today in a 10th grade class, is so superior it is astounding.
What children were required to know to graduate elementary school in 1960 is far above that which allows graduation from High School.
This 'dumbing down' as I call it, was and is deliberate. It is to prevent an intelligent population which is capable of questioning.
The Purpose of 'Dumbing Down'
In the late 1960s there was a vast population of highly educated and intelligent people who questioned their government.
Despite the absence of an Internet, the ability of the average person to gain information and utilise it, led to a great deal of public demonstrations.
Whether Civil Rights, Anti-War, Women's Rights, people could think for themselves and were willing to go out on the streets and demonstrate.
The United States could not deny entering Cambodia and get away with it, because enough people had links to outside sources to prove that was a lie.
To be blunt, people questioned their government and had the mental acuity so to do.
This led to the process of Dumbing Down, so that educational institutions would no longer separate the child with an I.Q. above 130 but put him or her into a class of those who had I.Q.s beneath 90.
The intelligent child was bored, distracted, and diverted from learning. The less intelligent child would not be challenged as the lessons were modified.
In this way, one could produce a population of persons of average intelligence or less who did not have the capacity to question.
Dumb and Dumber
As the rich could hire tutors, send their children to prestigious private schools, the class system was strengthened.
The child of average means would need to be quite intelligent and motivated to go to University so the cost became prohibitive.
This resulted in a large population of people more concerned about what came on television that evening than what the government of their country was doing.
They were easily led, confused, and tended not to think.
They accepted what they were told unless a louder voice told them something else.
Comprehension limited, minds distracted, they were easy prey for the demagogue.
Reality vs Propaganda
As education created persons of low comprehension, who grant their volition to those who 'press their buttons' a demagogue could easily twist them as he pleased, knowing they had not the capacity to verify what they were told.
For example, during the past twenty years, China has created markets in most 3rd World nations. Everything comes from China. The only America products are available by 'string loans'; this is when America offers to loan a 3rd World Nation a sum of money, but that sum must be spent on the importation of American products.
Nations which do not have these kinds of loans do not have American products as they are more expensive than the Chinese.
To attempt to launch a 'Trade War' with China is ridiculous. China would not suffer dislocation; it could buy from other nations.
America would suffer as many of its products are bought by China; i.e. soybeans.
Hence, if one removed every American Car from the streets of China the influx of Japanese and Korean cars would immediately fill that void.
If China did not buy soy beans from America but from Brasil and other nations, America would be stuck with tons of a product there is no other market for.
As the American people are unaware of this reality, they could rally behind their leader and agree to this 'Beautiful Trade War'.
The supporters of the President are stupider than he is. They were raised to be stupid. The went to modified schools and took modified classes and might not easily find China on a map.
Unless they are employed in some China related industry they accept the 'Beautiful Trade War."
The fact that America suffered and China didn't is only known outside of America, for inside, the minds are locked.