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This should surprise no one.

The writing was on the wall when Rick Santorum derided Obama ("What a snob!") for saying college should be accessible to everyone.

The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America -- Society's Child -- Sott.net

One excellent quote from Issac Asimov:

"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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This, then, is the new illiteracy, the illiteracy of those who can read but don't. [...] This new illiteracy is more pernicious than the old, because unlike the old illiteracy it does not debar its victims from power and influence, although like the old illiteracy it disqualifies them for it. Those long-dead men and women who learned to read so that they might read the Bible and John Bunyan would tell us that pride is the greatest of all sins, the father of sin. And the victims of the new illiteracy are proud of it. If you don't believe me, talk to them and see with what pride they trumpet their utter ignorance of any book you care to name.
Gene Wolfe


Anti-intellectualism … has been present in some form and degree in most societies; in one it takes the form of the administering of hemlock, in another of town-and-gown riots, in another of censorship and regimentation, in still another of Congressional investigations.
Richard Hofstadter


Unreason and anti-intellectualism abominate thought. Thinking implies disagreement; and disagreement implies nonconformity; and nonconformity implies heresy; and heresy implies disloyalty — so, obviously, thinking must be stopped. But shouting is not a substitute for thinking and reason is not the subversion but the salvation of freedom.
Adlai Stevenson




 

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About two and a half minutes in, the guy's asking people who should be invaded next. Iran, France, North Korea, all the usual suspects come up. But the people keep sticking the flag in Australia.

Who, just WHO, would want to invade bloody Australia?
 

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Asked my wife (Texan) if she wanted to go to the movies to see "Noah". God's honest truth she asked me straight-faced "what's it about?".
 

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True intellectuals are never serious about stereotypes and generalities. Except Okies, they are the devil.
 

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I press 5 for Chinglish, it's the sports channel, oh how we laffed.
 

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more like 1780's france-

hard to focus on new philosophies and product innovation

with extreme failure of wealth distribution
 

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Ever watch chimps in a tree and expect them to socialize; or for that matter "rule" themselves by committee? If democracy was such a successful concept why has every attempt in history failed?

As the stenciled notice on the prison dining hall wall reads plainly; "NO WARNING SHOTS"
 

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Ever watch chimps in a tree and expect them to socialize; or for that matter "rule" themselves by committee? If democracy was such a successful concept why has every attempt in history failed?

As the stenciled notice on the prison dining hall wall reads plainly; "NO WARNING SHOTS"
As a matter of interest which "Elites" are you talking about, or is this too difficult a question for you?
 
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