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In defense of anti-intellectualism rightfully understood

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Submitted by David Thomson (United States), Nov 2, 2002 at 17:24

Richard Hofstadter is often cited for his brilliant work on anti-intellectualism in American history. .. There is, though, a strain of anti-intellectualism that we should definitely continue to encourage. Many Americans rightfully wonder if the credentialed intelligentsia, especially those in fields pertaining to the Liberal Arts, can always be relied upon for sound and knowledgeable judgments. Could they merely be pointy headed dolts without a clue? Alas, the silly politically correct professors who dominate today's universities have proven themselves unworthy of respect. Their doctorate degrees give credence to the sarcastic observation that sometimes Ph.D. means piled higher and deeper.

It would behoove everyone to become acquainted with Martin Kramer's "Ivory Towers on Sand: The Failure of Middle Eastern Studies in America." This work offers abundant evidence that many professors currently teaching at our so called elite universities are nothing more than clowns and buffoons.
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