As the author describes it:
"I wrote these principles after reflecting on the content of contemporary newspapers and broadcast media and why that content disquieted me. I saw that I was not disturbed so much by what was written or said as I was by what is not. The tacit assumptions underlying most popular content reflect a worldview that is orthogonal to reality in many ways. . . .
I call this worldview the American Cargo Cult, after the real New Guinea cargo cults that arose after the second world war. . . I really do think that most Americans believe these things at a deep level, and that these misbeliefs constantly underlie bad arguments in public debate."
Some of these might sound familiar to those who debate apologists: