“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’”
I feel that this is actually where the Swedish educational system has failed. There has been a lot of talk through the years about ‘thinking critically’ and ‘scientifically’ but not much (at least in my experience) focus or training in how you are supposed to do that. Which, I believe, has led to a rise in support for certain dubious parties. Of course, the powers that be don’t really know how to deal with critical thinking either, since there are things that for all intents and purposes are considered almost metaphysically True and Eternal. Democracy, for example. Human rights.
But never mind. Now I need a shower.