Since when did being accused of being a member of the ‘intelligentsia’ become a thinly veiled insult? When/why did intelligence and expert knowledge go out of fashion?
There’s always blustery letters on the opinion pages of the newspaper snarking about “those latte-sipping, small-l-liberal members of the intelligentsia” (paraphrased) and their goddamn smartypants ways. But consider the content of this sentiment:
1. The first is the most basic mistake one could make: Coffee is awesome. Trying to use the drinking of it as an insult is clearly illogical.
2. ‘Liberal’ definitions:
a. Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry.
b. Favoring proposals for reform, open to new ideas for progress, and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; broad-minded.
-From www.thefreedictionary.com, aka the first result I got after googling.
Can someone please explain how these values can be a bad thing, or how the opposite of these values (backwards, authoritarian, dogmatic, bigoted and close-minded) could be a good thing.
3. And we’re back to the ‘intelligentsia’ insult. Remember, kids, it’s not cool to be smart. Derp derp. Learning and education are a waste of time, and those smart people are funny-looking and use big words. We should just ignore them. Oh, except when we want to use modern medicine or technology, then it’s somehow totally fine.
4. Still can’t believe anyone could think that coffee-drinking is an insult. We live in a crazy world.
How did we reach this sorry state of affairs? Discuss.