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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-04-23 21:02
Subject: Um, yeah
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Tags:culture, funny, politics
james_nicoll posts a letter which pretty much says it all about the anti-intellectual strain of contemporary conservatism.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2007-04-24 07:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Now, see, I read several times over the past five decades or so that some state, quite possibly that one, initially introduced legislation to stop daylight saving time because the extra sunlight would kill the grass. So I looked at that letter and wondered whether the writer was doing a riff on that story.

Tried googling it; found something just as vague as what I have above, but nothing further. However, my google-fu isn't great at this hour....

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User: mssrcrankypants
Date: 2007-04-24 10:20 (UTC)
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I think you're far, far too generous towards people in general. The country as a whole is strongly anti-intellectual regardless of political affiliation. America hates to think.
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Brian Dolton
User: tchernabyelo
Date: 2007-04-24 13:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well, it thinkis it does...

Seriously, you're right, but it isn't just America, it's a Western modern cultural trait - we in Britland are right up with you guys on the curve of this one. And arguably, the rise in Islamic fundamentalism derives from the fact that people in the mosques and madresas are happier being told what to think than trying to derive their own opinions from first principles (or as close thereto as possible). The spirit of the Enlightenment seems to be long in abeyance.

But things go in cycles. At some point, the pendulum will swing back.

At least, I think so.
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