The Disembraining

Attributed to H. Clark, 1869 Look, look at the machine revolving,Look, look at the brain flying,Look, look at the Rentiers trembling!Hurrah, arse-horns, long live Pere Ubu!(Alfred Jarry, The Song of the Disembraining) Sometimes I wonder if we understand just how badly this country has been fucked up by its anti-intellectualism. I’m not talking about the visceral let’s-beat-up-Poindexter anti-intellectualism we all know from high school. I mean a higher order of anti-intellectualism, or what I have in the past called pro-stupidism — that is, the positive negation of facts that we were once expected to know as members of society, and the celebration of our resulting, increasing stupidity.

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