Anti-Intellectualism in America (via Atypical Guy)

I have to agree with this. And while some may say there were founding fathers who were intellectuals: they were either idealists, or preying upon the unwary. A prime case in point being Benjamin Franklin who is one of group who brought over the propagandist Thomas Paine to dupe the the great unwashed, or at least present the picture that there was more support for Independence than has been alleged.

The question of whether or not the Navigation Acts even could have imposed enough of a burden on the colonists to provoke a rebellion has been substantially answered in the negative. Jeremy Atack and Peter Passell in A New Economic View of American History, 2d ed., [Boston: W.W. Norton, 1994), mention that several economic historians conclude that the heaviest burden the Acts could have place on Americans was about 1% of GNP. In other words, the Navigation Acts were not significant enough as an economic issue to have caused one-third of all Americans to take up arms against the British. Likewise, the tax burden on the American Colonies was much less than that in Britain (the colonies were basically subsidised).

In recent years, it has become increasingly obvious to me that ignorance in America has become a way of life.  People in the United States have moved down a path that rejects logical, rational thought.  In its wake, we can easily see the rise of a lot of negative things.  The long list must include the state of education, the election of George Bush, creating needless and costly wars, and advocating war crimes like torture.  B … Read More

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