Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Conservative-Intellectual Defense of... Glenn Beck?

I'm not sure what part of this is the more damning: The notion that making the cover of time while drawing widespread contempt proves that one must be doing something right, the defense of abandoning intellectuallism for populist appeal, the advancement of works such as "Liberal Fascism", "America Alone" and "Atlas Shrugged" as "serious books", or yet another false assumption of ceteris paribus, this time between Glenn Beck's circus act and (I kid you not) Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show".

Please, Jonah... continue to join Beck, Palin, Meghan McCain, and Joe the Plumber in the ongoing effort at making conservatism "more accessible". If only Buckley were still alive to witness the "intellectualism" of it all.


Jymn Parrett said...

Anti-intellectualism is a hallmark of the right. They wear it like a badge of courage. To them, intelligence is effeminate. Mike Judge's 'Idiocracy' makes this point but not as effectively as wingnuts like Beck and Goldberg do by their own dim words.

Patrick said...

Ah huh. Yeah.

About that:

-Byron York
-William Easterly (I'll add him to this list as he is an American, and I'll focus just on American conservative intellectuals here)
-Bill Whittle
-Robert Kaplan
-James Bovard
-Thomas Sowell
-Shelby Steele
-John McCain
-John McWorter
-Clarence Thomas
-Andrew Klaven
-David Brooks
-Steven F Hayward
-Robert Nisbet

Once again, just off the top of my head.

So, seeing as how Jymn wants to foolishly wander into Audrey's fallacious "death of conservative intellectualism" meme, perhaps he'd like to explain these figures away? Perhaps while he accounts for some of the recent filth on his own blog?

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