This is an anti-intellectual public and nation.
For them, learning, education, wisdom, knowledge, etc. are only applicable to problems involve partial differential equations or arcane texts in Aramaic or some other dead language.
But it certainly “doesn’t take a professor” to know something about, say, ethics, climate change, or comparisons between Weimar Germany and other nations since then.
Those things are just matters of common sense and opinion, rather than fact. Any schmo can opine fruitfully, certainly.
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So many things are broken in the human world.
So many things.