Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Gore Vidal Unhinged

From The Times:
Today religious mania has infected the political bloodstream and America has become corrosively isolationist, he says. “Ask an American what they know about Sweden and they’d say ‘They live well but they’re all alcoholics.’ In fact a Scandinavian system could have benefited us many times over.” Instead, America has “no intellectual class” and is “rotting away at a funereal pace. We’ll have a military dictatorship fairly soon, on the basis that nobody else can hold everything together. Obama would have been better off focusing on educating the American people. His problem is being over-educated. He doesn’t realise how dim-witted and ignorant his audience is. Benjamin Franklin said that the system would fail because of the corruption of the people and that happened under Bush.”
So is he just a crotchety old author, venting the sort of crackpot opinions that old curmudgeons are expected to have?

No, this is an extreme outcropping of the general contempt with which the intellectual class (including people who don’t have much intellectual distinction — say, your average academic or average journalist) view this nation.

Few of them would say this so bluntly, but then even in the heyday of racism in America, few Americans would actually lynch a black person. But when that happened, it was an outcropping of widely held racist attitudes.

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Blogger James Pawlak said...

I am so glad that you are an atypical academic!

7:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, a Harvard educated college professor criticizing "the intellectual class." Give me a break.

2:29 PM  
Blogger John McAdams said...

Wow, a Harvard educated college professor criticizing "the intellectual class."

Who is better qualified?

10:29 PM  

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