The May 18 column "The Counter-Revolution" by Ross Douthat of The New York Times repeats an argument heard much too frequently these days, from our elected and nonelected elites and the mainstream media: namely that problems and their solutions are so complicated these days that the ignorant masses can't grasp their import because of their complexities. And that we are therefore doomed to delegate their solution to those who have concocted and exploited the public ignorance of these matters. Hogwash!
It seems to me that this dodge is probably a concoction of those who fear public involvement in their schemes to fleece and bamboozle the American public. None of these schemes is beyond the intellect of the average American if adequately, simply and thoroughly explained.
It's time the media concentrated on its primary responsibilities to our society: to illuminate and educate, and to stop running interference for the corrupt elites, determined to preserve their prerogatives even in the face of the diminution and possible destruction of our political and financial systems.