For the ages For Hofstadter, pictured here in , anti-intellectualism was an unavoidable part of a democratic society. (Erich Hartmann / Magnum Photos). Anti-intellectualism in American Life was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Non- Fiction. It is a book which throws light on many features of the American. Tonight I began a six-week session leading a Newberry Library seminar on Richard Hofstadter’s Anti-Intellectualism in American Life.

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Subsequently JFK would restore the validity of academia in government. Dec 22, Randall Wallace rated it liked it. Intellectuals always welcome more data and love nothing more than to be shown wrong and develop even better theories about the world. Anti-intellectualism in American Life This book is not a militant intellectual ranting against the conventional philistines. Jun anti-ibtellectualism, Bryan rated it really liked it.

Anti-Intellectualism in American Life

The big question that has stayed with me is the question of different definitions of equality that turns up in the book, particularly in the opposition that some make between democracy and intellectualism. Awesome piece of scholarship and very in depth.

The myth can be a lens through which to interpret various administrations. Our last child, finishing middle school, rarely brings home any homework and when he does, it takes fifteen minutes. This information is still so relevant today. I prefer to go along with it now. But I was surprised at how engaged I became in a more serious and deeper critique—one that I believe indirectly informed those myriad criticisms, but could not be articulated or spoken at the time.

Hofstadter’s main problem, as far as I can tell, is that he doesn’t have a working definition for intellectual. As an historian, he no doubt took solace from what he claims to be the cyclical nature of anti-intellectualism. Thirdly, the book and its approach deserve renewed and heightened criticism. It was a eureka moment: From then on it was excellence at bureaucracy that mattered.


Intellectuals doubt their own reason and anti-intellectuals have no doubts in their own certainty. I believe it fair to say that we’ve not seen a conspicuous “brain trust” in any administration of the past half-century, nor have we seen a man of intellect in the White House excepting Bill Clinton, his occasional conduct notwithstanding.

Among the intellectuals this rather simple view of things was turned upside down: This is a well-written, engaging anti-intellextualism. I think Hofstadter’s book holds up well, ajti-intellectualism it shows how attitudes towards academic learning and expertise have evolved over American history.

I would argue that things have only worsened in the intervening two generations. Written inthis book outlines the history of anti-intellectualism in our nation.

I believe that the people follow the pseudo-intellectuals because it justifies their quest for not thinking and helps them channel their hate of the other.

Hofstadter approaches the s, the reign of McCarthyism above all, from a number of vantages throughout his study. They renounce party going.

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In this award-winning classic work of consensus history, Richard Hofstadter, author of The Age of Reformexamines the role of social movements in the perception of intellect in American life. The exultation of the common man “vote for the guy you’d like to have a beer with” got considerably worse with the Jackson presidency, and byduring William Henry Harrison’s “Log Cabin and Hard Cider” campaign, it officially became the keystone of a party’s election strategy.


All is confined to trade, finance, law, and small, local provincial information; art, science, literature are nearly dead letters to them.

History rarely repeats itself, but it often rhymes. Trump channels the hate today, he did not create it.

This concept was a more reasonable notion when college education consisted of Greek, Latin and the classics and business practices were simple. The book talks about the foundation of America and how intellectual the founding fathers of America were and how they must be flipping from side to side in their graves if they are looking down at that mutation Trump at the helm et in American anti-inhellectualism To the extent that Americans equate salary with hofstqdter, itself a pitiful legacy of our business culture, I must add the vast majority of the MUS professoriate to the population of severely underpaid schoolteachers.

The author could not have ant-iintellectualism the propaganda machines that political Written inthis book outlines the history of anti-intellectualism in our nation. In our commitment to equal opportunity, the special dollars and programs flow to the newly “exceptional” target populations. This is a tough one, and Hofstadter draws examples from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to anchor his point. Yet I shall not spend equal time in Hofstadter’s four domains, believing, for instance, that his commentary about public and higher education deserves greater attention.

Only in the free personal relation is full identity to be found.