a conservative take on anti-intellectualism

One of the top conservative pundits, David Brooks, is paired today with a liberal counterpart, Paul Krugman, on the op-ed page of the Times.  Brooks adds a twist on the anti-intellectual (and related “class warfare”) turn in the campaign by arguing that the Republican party has intentionally turned off the educated classes in appealing to non-urban, non-coastal voters–as a result alienating whole professions.  If the media draw workers who identify more often as liberals Democrats than with Republicans, as we will discuss, could that be a direct result of Republican political strategy.  Brooks thinks so.

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2 Responses to “a conservative take on anti-intellectualism”

  1. Denise Gan Says:

    If the reality of the situation is as Brooks argues, and Republicans are deliberately alienating the educated class, their tactics make sense. Wouldn’t swaying the uneducated masses be much easier? Tell them what they want to hear and they’ll believe you. Appeal to them on a level they understand. Be regular Joe Six Pack and they will identify with you. A professor of mine said Bush was a guy people could have a drink with and Gore was a stuffy elitist intellectual so people gravitated towards the one with drinking-buddy potential. The uneducated won’t fact-check everything you say or protest more controversial actions if they’re kept happy enough.

  2. Brandon Greenspan Says:

    Yet, more people voted for Gore…

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