Monday 23 October 2017

The opportunists who prey on fear are real predators

Misinformation and repetition of falsehoods are no substitution for facts, so let's stop the hearsay

'At a university talk Barack Obama bemoaned what he calls a rejection of 'fact and evidence'; a strain of anti-intellectualism marking what he said, was the path of decline' Photo: Reuters
'At a university talk Barack Obama bemoaned what he calls a rejection of 'fact and evidence'; a strain of anti-intellectualism marking what he said, was the path of decline' Photo: Reuters

Ross Maguire and Karl Deeter

In politics, as in life, ignorance is not a virtue. Recently at a university talk Barack Obama bemoaned what he calls a rejection of "fact and evidence"; a strain of anti-intellectualism marking what he said, was the path of decline.

In much of what passes for debate on a range of important issues in Ireland, blind emotion, bordering at time on hysteria, predominates. This is not a good thing and it doesn't solve very real problems.

One such issue is the mortgage arrears crisis which has been with us for just short of a decade. The arrival of investment funds is the most recent development in a response to defaulting borrowers. It has provoked an outcry of the most extraordinary hyperbole and falsehoods.

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