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. A book which throws light on many features of the American character. Its concern is not merely to portray the scorners of intellect in American life, but to say. Richard Hofstadter’s famous Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, his tenth book, earned him the Pulitzer Prize in Non-Fiction (). This “personal book,”.

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American religion is a dichotom Lots of information, lots of examples. The second page of Boorstin’s review. Anything goes, anybody can post a website, it’s easy, let’s pass our hofstacter “surfing”: To read it is to attain a fuller understanding of the rise of modern political figures such as Sarah Palin, why our education system — particularly our high schools — are crumbling from the weight of lowered expectations and half-assed education policy, and how and why those in power tolerate intellectual freedom and creativity only to a certain extent.

How can the radical democratizing of “information” result in anything other than the lowest common denominator? I am tired of talking Towards the end of his analysis of evangelism in the U.

Anti-Intellectualism in American Life

Success depended on skilled recruiting and religion that was readily accessible. This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. I couldn’t finish this the first time I tried. For its aggressive investigation of the Florida Turnpike Authority which disclosed widespread illegal acts and resulted in a major reorganization of the State’s road construction program.

Feb 07, Ed rated it really liked it. Dwight Moody led this movement in the late 19th century and Billy Sunday in the early 20th. Education and knowledge are not not very high up on the totem pole as compared to sports and entertainment and worship of power and money. About Richard Hofstadter Richard Hofstadter — was one of the leading American historians and intellectuals of the twentieth century.

Sep 28, Judy rated it really liked it. As a result of misapplied Deweyan progressivism, itself fundamentally inconsistent, public education has pushed the smart kids aside: Cooks can be just as valuable as school teachers and we might as well let the market determine fair value. From the beginning he thought the American mind caught between the hopeless imperatives of the puritan code and the stark realities of business self-assertion had developed a kind of unwholesome doubleness that militated against the creation or at least the fulfilment of first rate artists and thinkers.


Popular writers, understandably proud of the political competence of the free man, were on the whole justifiably suspicious of the efforts of the cultivated and wealthy to assume an exclusive or excessively dominant role in government.

You know how the supposed polarity runs, as least according to that ostensible wisdom of the common man: At some points, he’s more jn happy to include artists and writers in the camp of “the intellectual,” but at ricyard times, he only refers to those intellectuals working within a specifically positivist tradition.

To our ears, a number of Hofstadter’s statements now sound remarkably naive. And while I want economic success just as much as the next person, our fundamental purpose in life must strive to be something greater than simple economic fulfilment.

With current policies we might end up reversing the brain-drain which we have relied upon for so long, it has masked the flaws in our education system and its classist fundamentals. In this essay I shall review some of Hofstader’s claims for comparative purposes: If the myth of the common man’s wisdom explains the qnti of intellectuals in most of our federal history, the “mystique of practicality,” which Hofstadter calls “spiritually crippling”explains the traditional polarity between the realm of business and the realm of the intellect.

Maybe we think, in our collective futures, we can buy our way out of academic inferiority. And the history presented shows that America will continue to deal with bias against some of the most intelligent member of intel,ectualism for many years to come.

Yet Hofstadter takes pains to argue that Adlai Stevenson was not resoundingly defeated because of his intellect or even wit. Mar 16, Sebastien rated intellechualism it was amazing Shelves: The low status of schoolteachers and low opinion of teacher education programs the intfllectualism describes needs no additional comment Since ignorance is unlikely to solve any of the large challenges facing the country today, anti-intellectualism represents another significant hurdle to progress.


I prefer to go along with it now.

Anti-Intellectualism in American Life by Richard Hofstadter | : Books

Ultimately, to equate alienation with insight is to consign oneself to permanent irrelevance, to trap oneself in a cul-de-sac of self-imposed exile, all in order intelectualism maintain the illusion of moral purity.

My final comment goes to the Internet and all its ramifications. And I’m using overview in a very poor way — it was excruciatingly detailed.

Feb 26, Tom rated it it was amazing. At several points in this examination, Hofstadter deals with the love affair Americans have for applied science and technology versus the theoretical. Apparently the fear derived from some supposed “lack of balance,” a hofstqdter and irrelevancy.

How would the historian avoid overstating the case in ? He would applaud as much as any Pife X of our State Constitution, which guarantees to all Montana citizens the right of access to education.

Anti-intellectualism is not only an American thing. From Washington through the John Quincy Adams administration, men of learning and accomplishment were sought for government work. The Baptists less organized, less educated and somewhat less effective used similar tactics. Want to Read saving….

American religion is a dichotomy between people who believe that understanding not only the Bible, but historical writings in religion and philosophy are important to understanding the inntellectualism of God. And the parents have a right to say that intellectjalism teacher paid by their money shall rob their children of faith in [their] God and send them back to their homes, skeptical, infidels, or agnostics, or atheists Hofstadter was nonetheless concerned with the degradation of the public sphere and with the growing contempt for reasoned debate during the McCarthy years.