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Anti Intellectualism

The New Plague in America: The Denial of Reason

John Tsilimparis | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics
John Tsilimparis

Progressive and realist thinking is not just an alternative political or social position. This position feels more like an urgent and essential response to a crisis of anti-knowledge and a "dumbing down" of our cogent thinking.

The Results of Being the Dumb Down Party

Harlan Green | Posted 09.19.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

What is the reason Republicans have become the party of anti-intellectuals? The danger is that it may drown out any intelligent discourse about the most important issues of our day. It's driving at least one of our political parties into insanely ridiculous positions, at the moment.

Rick Perry, Say "Bye Bye"

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Coming off his embarrassingly disastrous "oops" run for the presidency four years ago, Rick Perry announced this week that most staffers will no longer receive salaries due to much lower than expected financial donations in his current crawl to the highest office in the land.

Why the Future of American Intellectualism Depends on Study Abroad

Jordan Houston | Posted 06.02.2015 | College
Jordan Houston

Yes, the United States may be the wealthiest and most powerful nation -- why should we care about a plane crash in India if no Americans were on board? But in the words of Sullivan, that merely gives us a greater obligation to help others.

Philosophobia: A Disease That Attacks Democracy's Immune System

Creston Davis | Posted 01.06.2015 | Education
Creston Davis

A society obsessed with a pragmatic ideological outlook fears citizens who are confident enough to ask questions not only about how the world works existentially but also culturally, politically, religiously and economically.

Republicans, Try Progression -- Not Suppression

Courtney McKinney | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Courtney McKinney

To remain relevant, Republicans must reach people in America now, not the people who lived here in the past. The current brand of conservatism may have worked for people historically (or not), but that was then, we need to progress to now.

America: Dumb and Dumber

William E. White | Posted 10.12.2014 | Education
William E. White

We blame teachers and schools, but in truth, the cause of American ignorance and stupidity is more fundamental than our school institutions. Parents, community leaders, public figures, popular culture icons, and peers tell our children--in words, deeds, and attitudes--that education is worthless.

Apostle Paul and the Bible: Fundamentalism = Anti-Intellectualism

Robert Orlando | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Inerrancy, literalism, or unexamined belief in the Bible, why does Fundamentalism still have a strong hold on so many Christians today?

I'm Tired

Paul Stoller | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Paul Stoller

As spring slowly unfolds into summer, I wonder if most Americans feel frustrations similar to mine. Like most people I know, I'm weary of "things as they are." To borrow from the title of Joe Louis Walker's blues song, "I'm Tide." In that tune he sings about the frustrations of contemporary life.

The Brown Invasion and the Mistrust of Academia

César Vargas | Posted 05.13.2014 | Latino Voices
César Vargas

Education should not solely be used to attain a good job: it opens our minds. That is the best way to break our real and imaginary shackles: mental, physical and spiritual.

The Scholar's Obligations

Paul Stoller | Posted 04.27.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

In a climate of increasing contempt for the intellectual, why bother? We bother because it is one of our most important obligations.

Why Anti-Intellectualism Is Dumb

Thomas White | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics
Thomas White

Disbelief may be relatively benign, but many, particularly in the GOP, actively deride and mock scientific theories and the study of humanities -- an unsettling era of anti-intellectualism that has serious consequences.

10 Reasons Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson Is NOT Entitled to His Opinion

Tom Lowery | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Tom Lowery

We can never expect to have a full understanding of other perspectives without effort. Every opinion is inherently biased towards its own interests. What transforms opinion into perspective is the considered application of information from all sides.

Rand Paul's Signal: I'm No Effete Intellectual Property Wuss

Susan D. Blum | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Susan D. Blum

What is especially noteworthy in this week's case, after a series of reports of Paul's using others' work as his own, is his response: "I will now footnote everything, just like in college."

Higher Education's Train to Nowhere

Paul Stoller | Posted 11.17.2013 | College
Paul Stoller

The university-as-corporation threatens to undermine the foundation of a world-class system of education and diminish the quality of our future social life.

Smart Discrimination: GoDaddy Super Bowl Commercial's Sloppy Kiss Disses Nerds and Promotes Bigoted, Anti-Intellectual Stereotype

Steven Kurlander | Posted 04.14.2013 | Media
Steven Kurlander

Dissing nerds is as American as apple pie and NFL football. Sadly, I have a feeling that Walter is going to make a return at next year's Super Bowl. In the meantime, I won't be visiting the Go Daddy site anytime soon.

Your Brain on Fashion

Minh-Ha T. Pham | Posted 01.26.2013 | Style
Minh-Ha T. Pham

Anti-intellectualism of all kinds rankles me. But anti-intellectualism about fashion also tires me. Fashion anti-intellectualism is so closely linked to anti-women systems of thought and feelings that I can hardly tell them apart anymore.

Scott Brown's Shameful Campaign

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Joe Cutbirth

In an era of cool media, Brown has what it takes to be red hot, which makes the campaign he's running against Elizabeth Warren puzzling if not downright disgusting. But let's start with puzzling.

Evolution, Creation, and the Faux Middle Path

Intent | Posted 11.24.2012 | Science

The espousal of this pseduo-middle-path-mentality -- this idea that all views are equal, and that creationist and evolutionary perspectives should be taught side by side -- is one factor contributing to the epidemic of anti-intellectualism and anti-scientific backlash that Americans are now known for.

Think Again: The Conservative War on Knowledge

Eric Alterman | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Eric Alterman

The United States finds itself in an odd political predicament. One of its two major political parties is increasingly dominated by a faction of people that simply denies those aspects of reality it finds to be inconvenient.

My Struggles With Anti-Intellectualism

Paul Stoller | Posted 07.08.2012 | College
Paul Stoller

"Can do" pragmatism was the fuel of America prosperity. But that pragmatism was reinforced with an abiding respect for knowledge and critical thinking. It's hard to do anything in a place devoid of new ideas, a place where dreamers are discouraged from dreaming.

Romney on the Charles: Anti-Intellectualism Should Have No Place in Politics

The Harvard Crimson | Posted 06.16.2012 | College
The Harvard Crimson

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney attributed President Barack Obama's alleged ineptitude to his having "spent too much time at Harvard, perhaps." Romney has not one, but two advanced degrees from this institution.

The Rise of the Anti-Intellectual Movement

Erin White | Posted 06.06.2012 | College
Erin White

Why would a potential president of the United States want Americans to be less educated?

If They Only Had A Brain: Republicans and Anti-Intellectualism

Harvard Kennedy School Democrats | Posted 01.01.2012 | Politics
Harvard Kennedy School Democrats

Highly visible candidates like Mr. Cain and Mr. Perry, with their open disdain for academic rigor and nuanced policy, are ushering the Republican Party further and further into the intellectual wilderness.

Teens Rejoice as Perry Vows to Abolish Science and Reason From States' Curricula (Satire)

Brock Cohen | Posted 11.07.2011 | Comedy
Brock Cohen

"First, they said human beings shared genes with monkeys," said Perry to a restive audience of more than 400 teenagers. "Then it was dogs, then rats, then bugs. But apparently, that's no longer demeaning enough."