About

Greetings!  Thanks for your interest in my blog.  I advocate here most every week for environmental and economic sustainability.

Two items here – first an explanation of my blog’s name;

What is an IBI?
I conceived the title of this blog during the Bush II administration. President George W talked of “faith-based initiatives” as “solutions” to societal problems. After seeing the direction of that administration, I quickly corrected that to “ignorance-based initiatives,” or “IBI.”

Who could possibly foresee back in the Bush days that things would get so much worse under a later administration, namely that of Donald J. Trump? Trump wears his profound, mind-numbing ignorance proudly. It fuels his anger, which fires up his base.

As of October 15, 2019, Trump had made 13, 435 false statements – about 14 per day. Note that the term “false statements” applies. That’s because only a minority of those are actually lies. More often, Trump has no clue what he is braying about. That’s not a lie. That’s bullshitting, emanating from the saddest ignorance, fueled by a monstrous ego.

But back to ignorance-based initiatives. They come in two varieties.

·          Ignorance-based policy positions. A good example would be our friend
George W recommending that both evolution and creationism be taught in public
schools, and ‘let the kids decide.’ Another would be Trump’s trade wars and tariffs.  Remember when he told us how “trade wars are easy to win?” Uh-huh.

·         Efforts to build public ignorance in order to push a political
agenda.
A good example would be Frank Luntz’s infamous recasting of the estate
tax – on multimillion dollar inheritances – as the ‘death tax’ – so that all
people, rich and poor alike, would believe that all estates, even the most
humble, would pay the tax.  They would then oppose the tax, thus helping build the plutocracy that is the main objective of Luntz and his billionaire backers.

Both varieties harm the public good, but I think the second type is more
insidious and reprehensible. As a society, we have to do better.

In reading IBI Watch, you will find that my favorite issues live where science
meets policy – climate change, evolution, and environmental protection
generally. I hope you will find the connections I provide informative and
thought-provoking. Of course, action-provoking would be even more welcome!

I appreciate your readership.  And I would appreciate even more your sharing my blog link with anyone you think might be interested. Posting it on other sites – Reddit and your own Facebook pages come to mind.

-Michael Murphy, St. Paul MN

5 responses

10 04 2011
hilaryziols

OK, Mike, you need to edit this page!
I forwarded the blog link to a former colleague at the Cannon River Watershed Partnership. I hope he likes it!
I hope all is well!

22 05 2011
Monty Renov

I enjoyed your commentary which I found quite pertinent.

23 05 2011
Mike Murphy

Thanks! Please come on back. I make new posts most weeks. Mike

30 10 2019
Marshall Hambro

I really enjoy both your point of view and your very readable posts, Mike. I am working my way through your earlier posts, which cover many issues, some of which I’d never considered. Thanks!

30 10 2019
Mike Murphy

Thanks! I am glad you are finding my posts useful. Please share far and wide!

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