More Elitism

I noticed just a day or two ago that this week’s Newsweek has a column by Sam Harris that follows a similar logic to my “Elitist” article the other day. The title is “When Atheists Attack,” which is a sort of poor title choice because it doesn’t reflect too well the content of the article. The sub-title is better: “A noted provocateur rips Sarah Palin—and defends elitism.”
Hmm, sounds a little like a description of an article I wrote just last week, right?
Actually, no. I’m definitely not “noted,” even in the most generous application of the word.
In any case, the article is actually quite good, and I’d recommend you take a look at it. Here my favorite lines:

“What is so unnerving about the candidacy of Sarah Palin is the degree to which she represents—and her supporters celebrate—the joyful marriage of confidence and ignorance.”
“When it comes to choosing the people whose thoughts and actions will decide the fates of millions, then we suddenly want someone just like us, someone fit to have a beer with, someone down-to-earth—in fact, almost anyone, provided that he or she doesn’t seem to intelligent or well educated.”

At least I’m not the only one out there thinking along these lines.

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  1. There was also an article in Rolling Stone which put it pretty well when he said something along the lines of “one main problem with Palin is that it’s turned the presidency into a reality TV show, where you vote less on who you think is most qualified and more on who you relate to the most. Hicks vote for hicks, women vote for women…” I can totally see that, but on both sides of the race, too. And that’s also why I thought Esquire was funny when it said that Tom Brady would beat Will Smith for the white house some day.

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