"Greetings from Idiot America"
May 12, 2009 9:20 AM Subscribe
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Charles Pierce, author of the 2005 essay "Greetings from Idiot America"
decrying the rise of faith-based anti-intellectualism, has expanded his rant into a full length book: Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free
. (via)Previously on MeFi. (link on that post is defunct)
Anti-intellectualism has been around for ages, and has not been restricted to the US
. But the American cultural divide was thrust further into the national spotlight
during the last election cycle
. Further reading: Susan Jacoby's book: The Age of American Unreason
(interview on left-wing blog Alternet here
,) and 1964's Anti-intellectualism in American Life
by Richard Hofstadter.
Pierce appears regularly on NPR's Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me!, and is a feature writer for Esquire, Slate, The American Prospect and the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, usually on sports. He's also the author of several books, including Hard to Forget: An Alzheimer's Story