Leon Wieseltier: A thoughtless member of a democracy is a delinquent member of a democracy…

…Anti-intellectualism has been one of the regular features of populism, but in this respect populism is an offense against the people, because it denies their mental capability and scants their mental agency. Anti-intellectualism is always pseudo-democratic. In enshrining prejudices and dogmas, it robs the citizen of his exacting and proper role.

http://newrepublic.com/article/120197/defense-reason-new-republics-100-year-anniversary

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