The existence of Meghan McCain, like that of the Jersey Shore, stand as reminders of the truism that ignorance is bliss. Bliss indeed it would be to remain ignorant of both. Yet I cannot, and so find myself wearily faced with the addled thoughts of this un-celebrity.
“I prefer people with personality and swagger as opposed to people that did really well in college and can now spout boring facts on command.”
The worst thing in this is the universality of it; how common and derivative an idea it is. I take it as another sign of how knowledge-averse a culture we have become. To know things, to have actually taken the time to acquire knowledge, is considered by many to be a dastardly act. These usually come in two varieties:
- The Invincibly Ignorant, who regard education as torture and are content to remain stupid. They hate and fear the learned.
- The Mal-Educated, who regard themselves as intelligent, but don’t actually know anything. Any conversation on the subject of history, economics, science, or philosophy any deeper than your average stand-up comedy routine leaves them confused and contemptuous. They are sheep to be gathered by whatever rhetorical shepherd wanders by.
I suspect McCain to be of the second variety, as the Invincibly Ignorant do not usually take the time to write painfully written books or place themselves as leaders of non-existent movements.
Stacy McCain perceives in McCain’s insipid ignorance the collapse of American culture. He follows that down the long road through his own career and continuing support for Rick Santorum, who has at least as much claim to be an educated man as Newt Gingrich. By all means, Read the Whole Thing.
Meanwhile, Instapundit links Charles Murray’s new Book, Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010, the premise of which is:
The top and bottom of white America increasingly live in different cultures, Murray argues, with the powerful upper class living in enclaves surrounded by their own kind, ignorant about life in mainstream America, and the lower class suffering from erosions of family and community life that strike at the heart of the pursuit of happiness. That divergence puts the success of the American project at risk.
I love it when a plan comes together.