[FoRK] FactCheck.org: Sliming Palin

J. Andrew Rogers andrew at ceruleansystems.com
Thu Sep 11 22:11:36 PDT 2008

On Sep 11, 2008, at 5:16 PM, Stephen D. Williams wrote:
> With rampant anti-intellectualism, obviously championed by the  
> Republicans and too many religious groups that should know better,  
> this has dented a lot of the refining mechanisms that, for better or  
> worse, seemed to have filtered in the past.

I will have to vehemently disagree with this insofar as you ignore the  
*gross* anti-intellectualism on the left.  This is not a "left versus  
right" argument, because both sides have chained themselves to  
positions that are deeply flawed by any rational analysis of reality.   
Both sides choose to ignore those parts of science and mathematics  
that they find to be ideologically inconvenient, and I reject those  
positions equally no matter what quarter they come from.  For every  
economically illiterate and New Age medicine loving retard on the  
left, there is an atheist scientist on the right -- the caricatures do  
not capture the spectrum.

It is not surprising that the Enlightenment is dying, it is a bloody  
miracle it occurred in the first place. The Democrats do as much  
violence to the Enlightenment ideals as the religious right.  The  
reason I have no party affiliation is that I *do* subscribe to the  
Enlightenment, and those are not ideals well represented in popular  
politics, either in the US or abroad.

> Anti-intellectualism must be attacked in all of its forms.  The fact  
> that no one seems to have the guts to do this is probably evidence  
> of a meta-anti-intellectualism about the whole subject.  It is fine  
> to bash people who have tried hard and come up with the wrong  
> conclusion.  The honestly wrong.  Those that know nothing, only  
> listen to people of the same polarity, and reflexively repudiate  
> their opposites are not in any sense right, justifiable, or honestly  
> wrong.  They are deliberately dim, dumb, and duplicitous.  Willfully  
> ignorant.


I have no truck with anti-intellectualism, but you will find very few  
people in this world who think they are anti-intellectual.  Indeed,  
they will tell you that their a-scientific and a-mathematical insights  
are intellectual and will have all manner of specious reasoning to  
support that assertion.

> This also goes for pseudo-intellectualism.  The religious  
> universities that may or may not be teaching mostly crap seem to be  
> polluting the ranks.  The fact that so many republican appointees  
> came from this group is a bad trend.

How is this any different than the pseudo-intellectual nonsense that  
is polluting the ideologically left-wing universities?  I categorize  
people who pretend like thermodynamics and economics (which are  
theoretically related) do not apply to their "social justice" reality  
as those people who think the earth is 6,000 years old.  There is  
enough willful ignorance that should be shunned by all intelligent  
folk to go around.  It is not a political party phenomenon, it is a  
human phenomenon.

Puh-lease.  The left-wing likes to pretend their brain-damaged anti- 
intellectualism is more pure than that of the right-wing anti- 
intellectualism, but from way out here it stinks just as bad.  Obama  
is every bit the delusional ignorant as whoever the right wing is  
thrusting forth.

I focus a lot less on the "left" or "right" part than on the  
"delusional" part.  Sadly, my "delusional meter" does not have a  
setting high enough to make a material distinction between the  


J. Andrew Rogers

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