I will go into this in the essay I’m writing on The War on the Arts in America.
David Masciotra at Salon goes into it very well at Salon, citing the facts that
“Three-fourths of the public is unaware why the U.S. fought a cold war with the Soviet Union, and 41 percent are unfamiliar with the term “Auschwitz.”
And he goes on to explain:
“America’s perverted priorities of giving tax breaks to the wealthy while its public schools decline into states of disrepair, along with a shallow and superficial news media operating under the demands of corporate ownership, are largely to blame for America’s failures, but the general public is not exactly resistant.”