I found this quote particularly telling. Notice the term “postfactual society.” I hadn’t heard it before, but it fits quite well:
It’s been suggested that we’ve moved to a postfactual society, where evidence and truth no longer matter, and lies have equal status to the clarity of evidence. So how can we rebuild respect for truth and evidence into our liberal democracies? It has to begin with education, but it has to start with the recognition that there are huge gaps.
This comes at about 10:50 into this TED talk by Alexander Betts, on Brexit. I recommend this one for anybody reading this, especially Americans. What he says about realities of class division and globalization applies equally to this country. He offers fascinating data from the U.K. Applying it here, in the U.S. as well, is obvious.
He also offers a set of recommendations on what we do about it. A difficult path to follow, but a whole lot better than just cursing what is.