Is Anti-Intellectualism Ever Good for Democracy?

Is Anti-Intellectualism Ever Good for Democracy? <p>ABSTRACT:</p><p>Donald Trump campaigned for the presidency and continues to govern as a man who is anti-intellectual, as well as anti-fact and anti-truth. "The experts are terrible," Trump said while discussing foreign policy during the 2016 campaign. "Look at the mess we&apos;re in with all these experts that we have." But Trump belongs to a long U.S. tradition of skepticism about the role and motivations of intellectuals in political life. And his particularly toxic version of this tradition raises provocative and difficult questions: Are there occasions when anti-intellectualism is defensible or justified? Should we always dismiss charges that intellectuals are out of touch or too protective of established ways of thinking?</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Dissent University of Pennsylvania Press

Is Anti-Intellectualism Ever Good for Democracy?

Dissent, Volume 66 (1) – Jan 10, 2019

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<p>ABSTRACT:</p><p>Donald Trump campaigned for the presidency and continues to govern as a man who is anti-intellectual, as well as anti-fact and anti-truth. "The experts are terrible," Trump said while discussing foreign policy during the 2016 campaign. "Look at the mess we&apos;re in with all these experts that we have." But Trump belongs to a long U.S. tradition of skepticism about the role and motivations of intellectuals in political life. And his particularly toxic version of this tradition raises provocative and difficult questions: Are there occasions when anti-intellectualism is defensible or justified? Should we always dismiss charges that intellectuals are out of touch or too protective of established ways of thinking?</p>

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