Anti Intellectualism

Anti-intellectualism is hostility to and mistrust of intellect, intellectuals, and intellectualism commonly expressed as deprecation of education and philosophy, and the dismissal of art, literature, and science as impractical and even contemptible human pursuits. Anti-intellectuals present themselves and are perceived as champions of common folk—populists against political and academic elitism—and tend to see educated people as a status class detached from the concerns of most people, and feel that intellectuals dominate political discourse and control higher education.

Totalitarian government

The Age of American Unreason
Anti-Intellectualism in American Life
The Death Of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters
Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free
The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power
Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories
The Assault on Reason
Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
More Money Than Brains: Why Schools Suck, College is Crap, and Idiots Think They're Right
Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design
Icons of Evolution: Science or Myth? Why Much of What We Teach About Evolution Is Wrong
Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution

Abhijit Naskar
Sonnet 1106 When an expert doesn't know something, They say, "I don't know", without tricks. But an armchair intellectual knows it all, Tiktok and Insta are their clinics. An expert's worth remains the same, with or without Tiktok and Insta. Armchair intellectuals are here today gone tomorrow, with the tiniest algorithm change of social media. My work will continue, with or without social media. My work will continue, with or without internet. My work will continue, with or without electricit ...more
Abhijit Naskar, Vande Vasudhaivam: 100 Sonnets for Our Planetary Pueblo

Marilyn Hacker
There is no danger greater for the State than that of self-styled intellectuals. You would have been better off remaining illiterate. - King Hassan II of Morocco, quoted in the Preface
Marilyn Hacker, Tales of a Severed Head

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