|⇦|| Episode #321 - Dark Ages America
(Modern US and the Fall of Rome)
|⌚ Sun 27 August 2006 ☻Morris Berman, John Taylor Gatto (reading)|
Download Hour1 Download Hour2The period of European history following the collapse of the Roman empire has been called the Dark Ages because of its domination by superstition. It is characterized by mass ignorance and hostility to reason and science and a lack of technological development which is, in our culture, synonymous with progress. The Roman empire and its collapse is the metaphor for the social critique put forward by the speaker we're going to hear in the first half of the program, and it has echoes in the deliberate construction of national ignorance that is emerging from our ongoing reading of John Taylor Gatto's Underground History of American Education, which will continue in the second half of the program.
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