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Anti Intelectuals

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.

Teabagging: Redux Anti-Intellectualism

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stuart Whatley

Why the hell is this populist, boastful ignorance being actively encouraged and exploited by conservative corporate lobbyists, Fox News and, indeed, the Republican Party?

On Wordiness, Godliness and Truthiness: The McCain-Palin Assault on Language

Caryn James | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Caryn James

The McCain-Palin campaign is demonizing language and not just using it with that politics-as-usual slipperiness. But denigrating language is easy after all these years of George "Malapropism" Bush.

Observations From an Ersatz American

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

As black gay male, a member of the upper middle class, a college-educated white collar worker, and a non-Christian and non-theist, I am one of the most irrelevant, least important voters in this election.

This Country Needs An Intellectual

Sheila Suess Kennedy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sheila Suess Kennedy

The charge of elitism is a manifestation of America's longstanding and unfortunate subtext of anti-intellectualism, and its use during this campaign is both revealing and disturbing.

"Real Americans" Are Stupid! Obama vs. Mitt Romney and Jesse Jackson

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

So now we have it: good grades and responsible fatherhood are "white," and speaking foreign languages is suspiciously "European."