Whether or not you’re happy with the results of the 2008 Presidential election, you might be troubled by this:
Rick Shenkman, associate professor of history at George Mason University, recently published Just How Stupid Are We?: Facing the Truth About the American Voter. Below is a YouTube video he created and shares on his blog, aptly named howstupidblog.com.
How much can we trust all the rhetoric about how stupid Americans are?
Most accusations of American anti-intellectualism, ignorance, and unreason come from academics. So, I’m wondering what nonacademics think.
- Just how stupid (or not) are Americans?
- How do we react to such accusations/arguments?
- Does this year’s election support or refute Shenkman’s argument?