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    Anti-Intellectualism and the "Dumbing Down" of America
    There is a growing anti-intellectual dumbing down of our culture
    Published on July 7, 2014 by Ray Williams in Wired for Success

    There is a growing and disturbing trend of anti-intellectual elitism in American culture. It’s the dismissal of science, the arts, and humanities and their replacement by entertainment, self-righteousness, ignorance, and deliberate gullibility.

    Susan Jacoby, author of The Age of American Unreason, says in an article in the Washington Post, "Dumbness, to paraphrase the late senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, has been steadily defined downward for several decades, by a combination of heretofore irresistible forces. These include the triumph of video culture over print culture; a disjunction between Americans' rising level of formal education and their shaky grasp of basic geography, science and history; and the fusion of anti-rationalism with anti-intellectualism."

    There has been a long tradition of anti-intellectualism in America, unlike most other Western countries. Richard Hofstadter, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1964 for his book, Anti-Intellectualism In American Life, describes how the vast underlying foundations of anti-elite, anti-reason and anti-science has been infused into America’s political and social fabric. Famous science fiction writer Isaac Asimov made once said: "There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."

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    The current trend of increasing anti-intellectualism now establishing itself in politics and business leadership, and supported by a declining education system should be a cause for concern for leaders and the general population, one that needs to be addressed now.
    I don't agree with some of the stuff, like the gorebull warming crap, but.........

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    There has been a long tradition of anti-intellectualism in America, unlike most other Western countries.
    Unfortunately, a large segment of the Democrat base thinks that scholarly pursuit is "acting white" and looked down upon. Welfare, and state controlled schools also contribute greatly to the problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thundley4 View Post
    Unfortunately, a large segment of the Democrat base thinks that scholarly pursuit is "acting white" and looked down upon. Welfare, and state controlled schools also contribute greatly to the problem.
    True. The state the gets thought control in early with the liberal teachers, preschool used to be something parents paid for, now it's part of the curriculum of the public schools and starts about age three in some school districts. This is followed by three years of the kids watching PBS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thundley4 View Post
    Unfortunately, a large segment of the Democrat base thinks that scholarly pursuit is "acting white" and looked down upon. Welfare, and state controlled schools also contribute greatly to the problem.
    That is so true in a lot of inner city schools in Los Angeles. I don't know if this is still going on, but if a black kid was smart and liked learning, he was afraid to show it in the classroom for fear of being made fun of by his peers. Sad really.
    Obama isn't the problem. The problem is an electorate that would vote a man like him into office.
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