sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

December 4, 2010

Intellectuals and Schmoozers

Filed under: society — Tags: , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 12:58 am

This idea comes up again and again: Sarah Palin is anti-intellectual.  To be sure, I don’t think she’s an intellectual, at least not in every sense of the word.  Lets look at the definitions:


6.a person of superior intellect.
7.a person who places a high value on or pursues things of interest to the intellect or the more complex forms and fields of knowledge, as aesthetic or philosophical matters, esp. on an abstract and general level. extremely rational person; a person who relies on intellect rather than on emotions or feelings.
9.a person professionally engaged in mental labor, as a writer or teacher.
10.intellectuals, Archaic . 

a.the mental faculties.
b.things pertaining to the intellect.
Lets throw away the archaic meaning.  The way I see Palin, she’s not a professional intellectual, and she’s is not interested in abstract and general higher pursuits.  I don’t see her as overly rational: It’s America by Heart, you know.  Palin is certainly not stupid.  She’s a self-made woman who made it very far in life.  Hollywood to the contrary, it doesn’t happen to stupid women.  Sure But not being an intellectual does not necessarily make one an anti-intellectual.  Again, lets consult the dictionary:

1.a person opposed to or hostile toward intellectuals and the modern academic, artistic, social, religious, and other theories associated with them.
2.a person who believes that intellect and reason are less important than actions and emotions in solving practical problems and understanding reality.
To be sure, Palin seems to eschew much of what’s going on in the academia, but lets be honest about what’s going on in the Ivory tower: Much of it is masturbatory.  Palin did show interest and an ability to absorb economic theories as well as poli sci.  I don’t think she’s an anti-intellectual in the second sense of the word precisely because she showed ability to master complex theories.
You know who else is not an intellectual?  Barack Obama.  At least not in every sense of the word.  He’s no fool either, but, for instance, when he was employed in intellectual occupations, he didn’t live up to the standard.  For instance, as an editor of the Harvard Law Review he failed to author a single editorial.  Obama probably agrees that intellectual activities are important, but he himself doesn’t seem to be interested in pursuing them.  I’m on the “amateur  hour in the White House” bandwagon here.  What Obama is, is a schmoozer.  He shook all the right hands and picked up all the right jargon to climb up the socialist/Democrat ladder.  And he climbed it all the way to the top.
So why is Palin pegged as anti-intellectual?  It’s a sex thing.  Zombie observed that liberal men have a masochistic fascination with Sarah Palin.  It probably titillates them to imagine her to be the lowest of the low on the chattering class ladder: an anti-intellectual.  The kind of person from whom they can only dream to get their much-needed shellacking.

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  1. […] as he does, but I wish I did.  Incidentally, I never ever for a second believed that Obama was an intellectual.  I was skeptical about the authorship of his books even before people started speculating about […]

    Pingback by A Whole New Outfit « sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue — August 17, 2011 @ 5:33 pm

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