Originally Posted by MacGregor
Ah, Rot'nApple ... are you even vaguely aware of how your anti-intellectualism reflects Leninism. Like Glen Beck, you make a virtue of ignorance and blame the "elite" for for its socialist, leftist ideals, yet liberalism is not the problem, authoritarianism is. And blaming Al Gore as being economically biased is dumb if you don't also blame Sen. Inhofe or the oil companies as well.
You may like Dennis Miller's sarcasm and I used to like his humor very much, but after 9/11 he became afraid of free thinking and liberalism. He prefers traditional patriarchy over personal responsibility. He likes being an iconoclast over being just and being a making sound bytes over making accurate statements.
I know Reagan and Bush made it cool to disparage smart people, but so did Mao and so did Stalin and they kicked the "hoity toighty" to the gulag and the rice fields to keep them from calling bs on the communist system. You probably don't want to go down that road.
I know academia tends to lean left and people in ivory towers can have an aggravating disconnect from the "real world," but are they really the one's who hurt society the most? Did they invent global warming or extinct salmon runs or deforestation or Wall Street meltdowns or terrorism?!?! Just admit that business and the military tend to lean right and deal with the balance that needs to happen.
No, greed and ignorance, arrogance and anger, fear and irresponsibility did those things. Academia in an imperfect way tries to study these things and ideally without a financial stake in the game tries to find solutions. Unfortunately decades ago universities and business realized that they could work together to push innovation AND create a profit and the line between the two has become more and more blurred.
So think a bit before throwing idiotic statements around. Where academics show political or military bias, that should be pointed out, but not by blaming intellectualism. Try using knowledge rather than blaming those who you don't agree with.
Just be intellectually honest.
Oh man, so many things to correct. I'll just pick a few, because, as Jack Nicholson's character said in "A Few Good Men", 'I have neither the time, nor the inclination...' to enlighten you to all the errors of your way of thinking. You seem to be a lost cause. But I will try...
Location: "Stumptown, with the nation's highest concentration of brewpubs, stripclubs,..."
First, you need to move to a place that has fewer brewpubs and strip clubs and try the real world for a change.
I can tell by the selection of names Beck, Reagan, Bush that it is YOU
who is the one being intellectually dishonest... And by idiotic statements do you mean like "I know Reagan and Bush made it cool to disparage smart people"??? Wasn't it the intellectual elite and the leftist political machine, along with the "simpatico" press with their lack of skills in objectivity because they are graduating from Ivy League 'Schools of Journalism" where they learned nothing journalistic, virtually espoused that Reagan was a cowboy 'idiot' and Bush was a 'wimp'? Open your eyes my friend and THINK!"Academia in an imperfect way tries to study these things and ideally without a financial stake in the game tries to find solutions."
Academia, without a financial stake, tries to find solutions... don't just give me meaningless words that make you sound like an intellectual whose superior intelligence will save the day! Back it up, my lover of words mouthpiece, by giving some examples of this statement! Of course there WILL be a money trail to follow, either corporate, political or both! "Where academics show political or military bias, that should be pointed out, but not by blaming intellectualism. Try using knowledge rather than blaming those who you don't agree with."
See that is the trouble with you intellects. Sometimes you need to call a spade a spade and not make excuses under the guise of knowledge and that the world must be fair so we must all subscribe to 'Political Correctness'. Far too long has the average person been beguiled by such. Do you think you will find that truism from those in academia that just ooze 'intellectualism'? Not to mention the brainwashed, dry well of intellect, of "educated" people coming out with a journalism or teaching degree that are either toting the 'Intellectual' line by what we read in the press or indoctrinating todays students that would have made Goebbels proud!
WAKE UP!!!! YOU ARE DREAMING!!!