I am reading an interesting novel right now called "The City of Man." It takes place in 1492 Florence when the Medici family ruled and the enlightenment was in full swing. I was inspired to read it because of the mini series "The Borgias" on Showtime.
There may have been enlightenment in 1492 but conspiracy theory and outright demagoguery and superstition still was powerful. Today when I picked up the Albuquerque Journal I was reminded of that. I read in a good reporting job by Rene Romo that the Journal's rightwing oped writer Marita Noon said that environmentalists were out to destroy America.
She really said this at Congressman Steve Pearce's rhetoric and slanderous town hall on on the possible listing of an endangered species in his district. Pearce himself probably enjoyed this hysterical attack on the government and environmentalists. He put this group together and he is now shouldered with responsibility for the hate mongering. I am beginning to think Pearce is actually inciting some sort of action against his opponents and he must be held accountable.
At any rate, this is no different than the hate mongering and inquisition of the middle ages. Except now it is inspired by the oil and gas industry.....at least in southern New Mexico.