A brilliant, learned man I know recently railed and ranted to me and some others about how liberals are to blame for the current conservative abuses of reality: decades of academics convinced that "truth" does not exist essentially opened the barn door for the bold dishonesty of thought, speech, and act that rules American public life today.
We've discarded truth. We've nipped and tucked beauty. And we've proven that only assholes are worth anyone's time. Let us repent, sinners! It's all our fault.