The cataclysm inherent in them is sure to unfold since there is nothing to stop it.”, “Then along came social media, the worst thing of all, the Cretin Unbound. Philosophy is not a body of doctrine but an activity. Votes: 2, In passing I draw attention to another English expression which often occurs in Dutch texts: "the real world". Hence, as far as possible, our anti-intellectualism must be excised from the benevolent impulses upon which it lives by constant and delicate acts of intellectual surgery which spare these impulses themselves. I don't know if it's the best morality. There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. Anyone who tried would be branded a fascist. This seems like a paradoxical conclusion. Votes: 1, Prolonged travel in the alternate world of books can also make a reader more prone to fantasy thinking and estranged from his or her "real" life. That's why Americans are so proud of it. When they die, God meets them at the gates of heaven, totes up how many fields of self-expression they have mastered, and then hands them a divine diploma and lets them in. As in his Age of Reform, which presented the agrarian revolt as in some ways a reactionary rather than a progressive movement, he resists the temptation to make easy moral judgments. Flash. An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex. The anti-intellectualism associated with the growth of democracy was directed against the pretensions of educated aristocrats and professional men who—in the early days of the Republic—constituted a kind of American Establishment. Any hope that America would finally grow up vanished with the rise of fundamentalist Christianity. There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them. One of the pillars is anti-intellectualism. 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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. By continuing, you agree to our Anti-intellectualism is likely to show itself in any conflict in which the forces on one side are mostly “plain people” (to quote the Jacksonian phrase), while their opponents make claims to superior wisdom on the ground of being more highly educated. Votes: 1, Sounded to me like he had a pretty good idea what he was saying," Van replied, with surprisingly little anger. As feminism has traditionally been associated with left-wing thinking and activism, its philosophical fall from grace could perhaps have been better anticipated.”, “In a phrase, what I did derive from him was a precise definition of the perfection of life and manhood, personified in his eyebrows, his forehead, his eyes, his nose, his ears, his cheeks, his throat, his complexion, the color of his skin, his strength, his chest, his hands, and countless other of his attributes. Votes: 0, Cynicism and skepticism are the crudest form of quasi-intellectualism... Let the cynic become cynical of his cynicism and the skeptic skeptical of his skepticism and join the battle. They will press the battle upon the world when their interests are threatened, and the violence which follows will last until the structure of society as it now exists is leveled to rubble, and a new society emerges. . Explore the scintillating December 2020 issue of Commentary. This page was last edited on 14 April 2020, at 21:55. And the writer's views on this or that are really of less importance, as they see it, than that of the man in the street. Votes: 0, I like, as a director and a spectator, simple, direct, frank films. Intellectualism came very late to America. I study. Americans have reached a point where ignorance, especially of anything related to public policy, is an actual virtue. Votes: 0, Anti-intellectualism is a disposition to discount the importance of truth and the life of the mind. One remembers Jefferson’s famous statement that a plowman was a better moral guide than a professor because he trusted his own innate moral sense and was not led astray by artificial rules. People do not like to think. It is an absolutely essential feature of a society. Votes: 0, Americans are in serious intellectual trouble - in danger of losing our hard-won cultural capital to a virulent mixture of anti-intellectualism, anti-rationalism and low expectations. Middle and upper-middle class blacks have often been portrayed as buffoons in popular culture; witness the characters of Carlton Banks on 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' and Braxton P. Hartnabrig on 'The Jamie Foxx Show.'. Anti-Intellectualism and Contemporary America is a reply by Michael W. Austin Ph.D. Fighting Back Against Bias in "Intellectualism" or "Reason" is a …