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
The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
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
How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World
Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism
The People, No: A Brief History of Anti-Populism
Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free
The Impostors: How Republicans Quit Governing and Seized American Politics
Pragmatism: A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking

Reason and logic are a force for unity. People can rally around the objective, absolute Truth. All of these are undermined by the Dunning-Kruger effect, by the rise of irrationalism. Today, the world is full of subjectivists and relativists who actively sneer at the Truth and proclaim that everyone has their own truth. When you start believing your own truth, your own propaganda, your own bullshit, you become a narcissist. You think you are a god, and that no one is allowed to contradict you. Af ...more
Joe Dixon, Dumbocalypse Now: The First Dunning-Kruger President

Abhijit Naskar
Having the data is not the same as having the expertise to look through the data - if it were, everybody with a smartphone would be a doctor or a scientist.
Abhijit Naskar, Mucize Insan: When The World is Family

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