Friday, June 13, 2014

The anti-intellectualism of identitarianism

This, from Cartoons for Conservatives: Amity Shlaes's Anti-New Deal Graphic Novel,  struck me:
In the modern conservative movement you have, by contrast, a denial of complexity and an abhorrence of nuance; you have what the historian Richard Hofstadter, half a century ago in his “Anti-Intellectualism in American Life,” called “the one-hundred per cent mentality”—a mindset that “tolerate[s] no ambiguities, no equivocations, no reservations, and no criticism.”
Anti-intellectualism is not confined to the right or left. It's simply a trait of people who think they know all they need to know about a subject, and if they want more, they'll get it from the sources that preach what they believe.