Friday, July 13, 2012

Quotation Of The Day: Chart Is Worth A Thousand Words Edition

According to Gallup, Americans have lost faith in nearly every social institution.  In fact, only three institutions have an approval rating over 50%.  The survey was conducted from June 7-10, 2012.

I'm not much of a joiner; some may even consider me cynical and anti-social.  That being said, I have to wonder if any free society can thrive when citizens have so little trust in the institutions that are necessary to hold a society together.


larry kurtz said...

Universities are not on that list, neither is public radio or the internet as a community.

There is most glaringly a wave of political apathy wafting over a growing segment of the population living at the margins.

Short of catastrophe and an unlikely ensuing civil dissolution (as shadow governments ensure continuation), nothing will spur excitement beyond the device in our hands to go out and get involved.

It's hard to imagine the Randazzo wing holding off BATFE and the FBI for more than a few hours.

LK said...

Good point about universities. I worry that the K-12 reform efforts will damage them as well.

I waffle about web communities. They may prove cohesive, but web unity seems rather ephemeral.

As far as Randazzo et al, you're right. They seem to believe that re-enacting Waco in SD would be a good thing.

larry kurtz said...

neither/nor: write drunk; edit sober, kurtz.

Absolutely, LK: their whitebread lives must be horrible.