November 20, 2010

More notes from the culture war

From Ann Althouse, reacting to this article on the election's "triumph of stupidity":

Welcome to my world: Dane County, Wisconsin, home of people who tell themselves they are the smart people and those who disagree with them must certainly be dumb. They don't go through the exercise of putting themselves in the place of someone who thinks differently from the way they do. But how would it feel to be intelligent, informed, and well-meaning and to think what conservatives think? Isn't that the right way for an intelligent, informed, and well-meaning person to understand other people? If you short circuit that process and go right to the assumption that people who don't agree with you are stupid, how do you maintain the belief that you are, in fact, intelligent, informed, and well-meaning?

What is liberal about this attitude toward other people? You wallow in self-love, and what is it you love yourself for? For wanting to shower benefits on people... that you have nothing but contempt for.

I imagine Madison, WI and the SF Bay Area are pretty much evenly matched in the prevalence of the cultural tendency described here, and these unthinkable questions have certainly occurred to me as well over the years, even though articulating them can really make people hate you, and think you're stupid.

Posted by Dr. Frank at November 20, 2010 04:49 PM | TrackBack

Wow the comments are brutal, YouTube brutal. While I disagree with Althouse's conclusion, I can certainly understand it but many of her supporters froth at the mouth about 'libtards' without even considering that this makes a mockery of her central thesis.

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