Friday, July 20, 2012

Are conservative intellectuals anti-intellectual?

Whatever happened to conservative intellectuals?

Dreaming of a World Without Intellectuals - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education
A new book, America-Lite: How Imperial Academia Dismantled Our Culture (and Ushered in the Obamacrats) (Encounter), by David Gelernter, a professor of computer science at Yale, affords an occasion to revisit the issue: Do contemporary American conservatives scapegoat intellectuals and teachers? If so, they can claim an all-American pedigree.

William F. Buckley Jr. began his career in 1951 with God and Man at Yale, which lambasted his professors for their godlessness and socialism. Past and present American intellectuals on the right generally disdain economic or social analyses of political dislocations. They attribute socialism's appeal, for example, not to the condition of society but to the influence of nefarious professors and subversive writers.

2 comments:

Kevin Scheunemann said...

William F. Buckley was right.

Surprised you would quote an intellectual giant on your blog.

Well Done.

Mpeterson said...

Everything that's gone wrong with conservatives in the last 30 years has been the result of wandering away from Buckley's understanding of what it meant to be a conservative. That's why none of the so called conservatives these days are. Reactionary, yep. Recidivist, yep. Stupid, yep yep yep.