Category Archives: Anti-Intellectualism

The Limits of Encouraging Resentment

The year the Democrats met in Boston and nominated John Kerry, and that unknown senator from nowhere, Barack Obama, gave that stirring keynote speech about how we’re all in this together, and we are our brother’s keeper, and we can … Continue reading

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Watching the Flame-Out

Trying to get your party’s nomination to be the one who runs for president – against that evil awful person from the other party – can be demoralizing. Some candidacies don’t last long. Howard Dean was gone with one scream, … Continue reading

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The Death of the Thinking Man

Things used to be different. From 1958 through 1961 you could watch that weekly television series Wanted: Dead or Alive – yes, starring Steve McQueen. He was beyond cool. And he went on to be even cooler –The Magnificent Seven … Continue reading

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The Odd Charm of Simple Uninformed Honesty

Maybe it started with Brigitte Bardot in 1956 and that film And God Created Woman. Bardot was really something. Or maybe it started a few years earlier with Leslie Caron in An American in Paris – as she was something … Continue reading

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The Discreet Charm of Incorrigible Stupidity

Americans don’t much care for history – Henry Ford famously said it was bunk – and most kids merely endure their history classes that started in the seventh grade and never seemed to stop. And once released from the surly … Continue reading

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Thinking About Age and Wisdom

Well, another year rolled around, and another birthday. But after all the years it’s just another day. On your birthday you might take a moment to note that yes – you’re still alive, in spite of it all. Or you … Continue reading

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In the Land of the Fanatically Shallow

In his 1977 film Annie Hall – considered his best – Woody Allen was not nice to the world out here in Hollywood, where the light of his protagonist’s life, Annie, goes to make it big, or to get in … Continue reading

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