In this article discussed in the last post, the author criticizes the Tea Party as having a worldview that is "anti-intellectual, anti-establishment, anti-elite." It is interesting that liberals and progressives now suddenly consider being anti-establishment and anti-elite as bad things. It just goes to show that the progressive movement is a long, long way from its roots, and is more about exercising power than the mythology it developed for itself in the 1960s. I would gladly accept either of these labels for myself, even when I don't always agree with the Tea Party.
Moreover, when I was thirty years old and holding two Ivy League degrees, I would have jumped in with the author in attacking folks that were anti-intellectual. But over the years, I have seen too many people exercising naked power in the name of being smarter and better able to make decisions for the rest of us. I am exhausted with the technocratic governing urge, and while I still would not describe myself as anti-intellectual, I can sympathize with those who might.