I have a little conspiracy theory I'd like to submit for review.

Basically, totalitarians and would be totalitarians have targeted one group thruout history for destruction or intimidation, and that group is "the intelligentsia", the "intellectual elite" and  intellectuals in general.

The catholic church targeted them, as in the case of astronomers, nazis targeted them, stalin targeted them, mao targeted them, pol pol targeted them and so on. Virtually every fascist, totalitarian regime in history targets intellectuals for destruction or intimidation. In Woody Allen's movie "Sleeper" one of the groups targets for elimination upon the restoration of "the leader" is clearly labeled intellectuals.

It's not hard to see why intellectuals are usually a prime target for oppressors. The dictator doesn't like people who think for themselves, who analyze, who criticize and who may sew the seed of doubt or expose the flaws in their statements. The intellectual is a danger to those who want to think for the people instead of having them do it for themselves.

 
The thing is that I wonder if there isn't a covert war against intellectuals in america today, a war waged by various factions to quietly surpress the intellectual, to weaken his standing in society, to make the intellectual  a laughing stock to keep the people from listening to him without tne messy expedient of the goon squad in the night, the bullet ijn the back of the head and the unmarked mass grave.

If you look at how intellectuals are protrayed in modern america, it seems pretty clear that someone wants to mock, degrade, denigrate and belittle them.

 A while back the SFC did a reboot of "Flash Gordon" which I did not watch more than a little of as in it the main character "Dr Zarkov" was portrayed as a slovenly, whimpering, pathetic geek living in a winnebago and easily terrorized by damn near anyone. He was, as I understand, mocked and ridiculed thru the not brief enough series and made the butt of every joke.

 The original Hans Zarkov was a hero who helped save earth and was respected, portrayed in a respectable fashion in the original show. Now, he's a joke.

Likewise, in america today we use terms like "Einstein" and "brain" as terms of mockery and abuse. Scientists used to be respected and admired, even feared somewhat. Now they're pathetic figures that any "smart kid" can outwit and abuse to his heart's content.

Shows like the big gang theory likewise portray intelligent people as spazzes, geeks, losers and undesirables who end up being mocked, taunted, degraded, etc.

Is it just me or does it look like there's a campaign against intellectuals in american society today?. If so, who's behind it?

I blame corporate america for a lot of things, mostly because it is to blame for a lot of things. You don't suppose that corporate america, who controls most media thru advertising, wants to denigrate intellectuals because they make poor consumers, what with their refusal to just accept the latest ad campaign, their annoying habits of researching things to determine what' a good buy is, etc.?

It seems that on ameroican TV now stupid, shallow and selifhs people are portrayed as "cool" and played by good looking actors, and of course stupid, shallow and selfish people make great little consumers becaus rethey're so easy to manipulate and control. "You're not cool unless you have )product x)", the ads say. "Ohmigod!", reply the stupid, shallow and selfish. "I gotta go get that!"

Politicians hate the intellectual as well, for reasons too obvious and numerous to elaborate on here.

So, could there be a covert, subtle war against intellectuals in america today, being waged by those who want a shallow, stupid, selfish population to manipulate and control easily? So instead of just rounding them all up and dumping them in mass graves, they just negatively stereotype them to the point no one pays attention?

 could be wrong, but this is how it looks to me.




 

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A covert war on intellectuals? Don't be ridiculous! There is nothing covert about it!

But, I don't think that it is part of a conspiracy from Corporate America. It is the result of the resonating nature of the message that opinions have validity despite what all those "experts" and erudite people have to say. Most Americans are as passionate as they are ignorant of most subjects and cutting the intellectual off at the knees levels the playing field, in their mind, and lends credence to their feelings on matters.
One thing to remember is that religion is the antithesis of intellectualism, so we could see the rise of fundamentalism religion as a threat to intellectuals.
Yeah, I would concede that some people and groups are making a concerted effort to marginalize intellectuals, experts, scientists, et cetera. We see that with churches, religions, conservative political campaigns (you betchya!), and other groups that value group think over honesty. The value, though, is driven by the need for tithing or votes or a fan base to sell books to. I don't see a grand conspiracy, but more of a cultural sum of anti-intellectualism. Weak minds will always cut others down in order to feel higher rather than lift themselves up.
Are kids not taught to beat on the geek in school?
Don't you love the way Hollywood made the geek a hero?

And BTW Big Bang may be a comedy about the weirdness of intellectuals but it is way harder on the none intellectuals. I mean have you seen just how dumb the writers portray the average American?
It seems that the geek is cool these days. But, geek does not necessarily equal intellectual.

Or do I hear a semantic wrangling heading our way?
The following quote by Sarah Palin is another good example of anti-intellectualism: "...I believe that what Americans are seeking is not the elitism, the kind of a spineless -- a spinelessness that perhaps is made up for that with some kind of elite Ivy League education and a fat resume that's based on anything but hard work and private sector, free enterprise principles."

I know she is just pandering to her base, but...if thinking and learning is so easy, why don't her and her followers ever try it?
they are just not smart enough to see the value of good education. they are the perfect followers for a Dictator (such as Bush wanted to be by his own admission). BEWARE USA... Hitler's dream was never so close.
No, I think some do know the value of a good education. For themselves. But an education for someone else makes it tougher market to sell their snake oil.
Good point. Walt Whitman's poem from 1900 illustrates classic anti-intellectualism. It is a celebration of feeling over thought.

When I heard the learn'd astronomer;
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me;
When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add, divide, and
measure them;
When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with much
applause in the lecture-room,
How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick;
Till rising and gliding out, I wander'd off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look'd up in perfect silence at the stars.
Well, I'm not sure there has always been an anti-intellectual bent in america. During the 40's and 50's scientists were often portrayed with respect, and for a time men like Einstein were almost revered.

It seems that a while later though, the negativity towards intellectuals got going big rime.
It all really took hold with Regan in the dawn of Monetarist policy and deregulation. It was the moment when big business finally got a total hold on the reigns of government, putting the peoples needs firmly out of sight. That was the downfall of the American empire and the birth of the globalist rule. The last thing the Globalists want is a nation of educated people capable of critical thinking and so they began the wind down of education and rights. The same thing happened in the UK with Margret Thatcher. Those two were the greatest traitors to humanity the world has seen in a long time. Bush and Blair pale in comparison.
Purely in the metaphorical sense of course!

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