“Stupid is as stupid does.” – Mrs. Gump
One thing that anti-Brexits, #NeverTrumps, global warmists and Vile Progs all agree on is that everyone who doesn’t agree with them is stupid. Even worse, lots of these stupid people are proud of their ignorance and determined to keep it.
These hardcore dummies are called “anti-intellectuals” and they are led by ignoramuses like Donald Trump and Sarah Palin. They are turning our country into an Idiocracy.
My wife, who was born and raised in Poland, once told me what it was like to go to school in that country. In her classes, which largely focused on the hard sciences, the most popular students were the smart ones. Students looked up to their intelligent, hard-working colleagues. When she came to the United States as a high school exchange student, she found the exact opposite to be true. The smart students were the outcasts, while the popular ones were jocks and cheerleaders.
Though admittedly anecdotal, her experience isn’t unusual and seems to illustrate a larger truth about America: As a society, we never grew up beyond high school. Not being smart continues to be cool. Rejecting the collective wisdom of scientists, economists, academics, and journalists is applauded. Spurning the “establishment” (defined, it seems, as anybody with expertise on any subject) has become the new national pastime.
This trend has lethal consequences. Every single year, public health experts beg and plead for people to receive influenza vaccinations, but most Americans ignore them. Despite the fact that the seasonal flu vaccine is imperfect (due to the unpredictable nature of the virus), thousands of Americans have died unnecessarily because they choose to reject their doctor’s advice.
Less dramatically, the thoughtless dismissal of expertise ultimately underlies all of the anti-science movements in America, from denial of evolution to rejection of biotechnology. Regulation and litigation have replaced scientific investigation.
There is some more and you probably should read it. It must be important because it was written by a doctor! (He knows science and shit.)
Dr. Alex Berezow is Senior Fellow of Biomedical Science at ACSH, the founding editor of RealClearScience, and on the USA Today Board of Contributors. He holds a Ph.D. in microbiology.
Intellectuals are the people who told us we would all be dead by now. First it was nuclear annihilation, then starvation, overpopulation, global cooling, glaobal warming, Frankenfoods, gluten, . . . the list goes on and on.
Barack Obama is an intellectual. Just look at his college transcripts. He’s easily the smartest president ever.
Intellectuals think that the world should be run by the best and brightest – i.e. themselves.
The problem is that intellectuals tend to be pig-headed fools, especially outside their narrow areas of expertise. If you don’t believe me then take a look at any college campus.
The truth is that people still esteem education and intelligence. What they reject is the elitism of so-called intellectuals. They also reject certain theories and/or policies, such as gender identity and unisex bathrooms.
Intellectuals created socialism and it’s modern incarnation, globalism.
But if you want to see some real anti-intellectuals, check out radical Muslims. They reject science. They want to bring back the 7th Century.
They want to destroy modern society.