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They disdained the ideas of the liberal professoriate, but they did not disdain the idea of a cultivated mind.
The nation is divided between the wholesome Joe Sixpacks in the heartland and the oversophisticated, overeducated, oversecularized denizens of the coasts.
What had been a disdain for liberal intellectuals slipped into a disdain for the educated class as a whole. The liberals had coastal condescension, so the conservatives developed their own anti-elitism, with mirror-image categories and mirror-image resentments, but with the same corrosive effect.Republicans developed their own leadership style. If Democratic leaders prized deliberation and self-examination, then Republicans would govern from the gut.Bushism:the anti-immigration fervor, the isolationism ....
It has lost the educated class by sins of commission — by telling members of that class to go away.
- [noun] knowledge and intellectual ability; "he reads to improve his mind"; "he has a keen intellect"
- [noun] the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination; "we are told that man is endowed with reason and capable of distinguishing good from evil"
Synonyms: reason, understanding
- [noun] a person who uses the mind creatively
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