Do you feel there is a sentiment of anti-intellectualism in contemporary American Politics?
@Rebecca Doe , you said "If you would define intellectualism as the art of lacking in human decency, then I'd say politics are the definition of intellectualism. It is really sad people rely on statistics and what they read in a book rather than the reality they live in." Could you elaborate on this, please? I am not exactly sure what you are trying to say. I would like to add that I did not specify Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative. Both sides have been known to criticize scholarly opinion.
Asked By: Jeff Cover - 5/22/2011
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Answered By: Top Source - 5/22/2011
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Yes..when Palin becomes President and Mit Romney vice president the circle will be completed and we will all be happier then pigs in mud
Answered By: Sleep Thin - 5/22/2011
Yes. Many conservatives actually seek anti-intellectualism in their preferred candidates.
Answered By: J S - 5/22/2011
only by liberals who know everything but end up being "educated"
Answered By: Barry's Change - 5/22/2011
Only towards those pretentious individuals who honestly believe their brilliance supersedes that of everyone else. No one has ever liked a snob or arrogance.
Answered By: LauraWrites - 5/22/2011
Democrat strategists have publically stated they have no intention of intelligent discourse, just catch phrases and childish accusations to sway the uneducated. It works on some I guess, and the other 37% will vote for a convicted child molester from South Carolina just because of his color.
Answered By: C B - 5/22/2011
absolutely, and it's very sad. It exists in broader U.S., as well-- why do you think GWB was reelected?
Answered By: pank t - 5/22/2011
Quite the opposite, it tends toward the intellectual elitist... Also, the politics of personal destruction has served to dumb down the electorate as well, with the party faithful on BOTH sides screaming the respective jingo-isms..
Answered By: Smilin'_Bob_The_Enzyte®_Guy - 5/22/2011
Not as much as the "intellectuals" deserve. Americans have a healthy skepticism when it comes to separating real thinkers from scam artists, highly-paid know-nothings, and our self-appointed betters.
Answered By: Gary - 5/22/2011
Anti-Intellectualism? No. I think both democrats & republicans try their level best to make themselves sound like reasonably intelligent people. It's only because "we, the people," insist one party is better than the other, that we often see any politician appear to be talking out of both sides of their mouth.
Answered By: Grahzaht - 5/22/2011
More like a sentiment of anti-common sense.
Answered By: C.O. Jones - 5/22/2011
I'm not sure about that, but it does appear a large portion of people are lacking common sense and are not capable of seeing things from both sides of the spectrum. If you would define intellectualism as the art of lacking in human decency, then I'd say politics are the definition of intellectualism. It is really sad... More
Answered By: Rebecca Doe - 5/22/2011
So long as the thoughts are those acceptable to the power norm... otherwise you are a racist, an extremist, or unpatriotic. Or worse. TEA Party or REPUBLICAN!!!!! The horror, the horror...
Answered By: robzuc97 - 5/22/2011
Yes, and both parties are guilty of it, though the Republicans are FAR more famous for it. Republicans seem to go so far as to revel and take pride in home spun wisdom and 'folksy-ness'. It comes from both parties only wanting to hear science or research that supports their pre-determined bias... More
Answered By: Entropy - 5/22/2011
Sadly most people who are considered intellectuals try to devise plans that involve controlling individual activities as if people were all the same and should exist collectively. They talk average people into their plans by speaking to their most base needs but never explain in any detail the trade off in the cost of... More
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