Conservatives Promote Stupidity, How and Why

In the comments, Matt astutely notes about Republicans’ willful promotion of stupidity:

Rob, You may remember how conservatives at one time were writing all those books about how l “liberal” education policies were making American children stoopid (Closing of the American Mind, Don’t Know Much About…, Cultural Literacy). Whether their idea of the causation was correct or not, they were right; Americans are stoopid. But you’ll notice they’ve mostly shut up about it. They must have figured out that the poorly educated and the willfully ignorant were their base.

Good point Matt. Of course that’s their base.
Sure, a lot of people who vote Democrat aren’t very smart, but that’s just the way they are, and nothing can be done about it. Anyway, the Democratic Party in general is not hostile to science and does not promote complete and utter stupidity, except when they parrot GOP ideas and concepts.
What’s funny is that I’m sure the guys running the GOP are very smart people. No doubt they are often very intellectual guys. But they willfully peddle Stupid Juice by tankload to the masses, and they know full well what they are doing. It’s disgusting, but there’s a method to their madness. If they could get people to vote rightwing by peddling intelligence, I’m sure they would do that instead.
What’s disturbing is that conservatives have always promoted ignorance and stupidity everywhere they’ve been in power and at all times. The priests of the Middle Ages would not let the Bible be translated, because they didn’t want their flocks to learn to read. The Taliban burn down girls’ schools. The Nazis burned books.
When Fujimori seized power in Peru, he shut down most of the nation’s universities as hotbeds of subversion. The army raided the universities, ransakcked them, tore them to pieces, raided libraries and destroyed all the books, on and on. The universities were later reopened, and students shuffled back to campus, appalled at their trashed schools. Funding for the universities was gutted, and the books in the libraries were never replaced.
Curiously, Peruvian polls consistently show that a majority of Peruvians support Fujimori, so I guess Peruvians are even more retarded than Americans. At least we don’t send in the army to tear down UCLA and burn all the books in the library while the population cheers. Not yet anyway. I guess that’s in the future.
A similar thing happened in El Salvador under rightwing rule. The universities were shuttered as hotbeds of subversion.
Under Pinochet in Chile, funding for the public schools was gutted, and your average Chilean public school now is literally falling apart. The wealthy send their kids to public schools, so they don’t care. Not quite pro-stupidity, more like “we don’t want the masses educated.”
The same happened in Argentina, where funding for the public schools was incredibly transferred to private schools, leaving the public schools tottering and and decrepit. This is essentially what the Right in the US wants to do with their vouchers scheme.
The ruling elites have always feared that an educated population would figure out the rich people’s scam and cut off some of the loot or transfer some to themselves, so conservatives everywhere and at all times have attacked the education of the masses. The motto of conservatives is that the dumber the people are, the easier they will be for us to manipulate.
I am ashamed to admit that the worst Communists who ever lived, the Khmer Rogue, deliberately targeted any urban person with an education. They often signaled out those who worse glasses for execution. One wonders how much the national IQ went down during Khmer Rogue rule.
Mao executed intellectual dissidents during the 100 Flowers Campaign. During the Cultural Revolution, Mao shuttered universities and sent students to the work the fields with the peasants. The argument was that intellectual students were a privileged elite.
Stalin’s purges in the 1930’s disproportionately targeted the intellectual leadership of various ethnicities who he distrusted.
Otherwise, Communists have been some of the most pro-educational governments in the history of man, but we do have some shameful backsliding.
Any time your government is mass imprisoning and/or executing the intellectuals of society, it seems to me that the state is engaging in some pretty retarded behavior.
Here’s a plan! Let’s put all the smart people in prison! Better yet, let’s kill all the smart people! Duh. No better way to run your society into the ground.

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  1. This is an excellent point, the right wing hates education.
    http://www.freedom-force.org/pics/fabianwindow.jpg
    *This is the stained-glass window from the Beatrice Webb House in Surrey, England, former headquarters of the Fabian Society. It was designed by George Bernard Shaw
    If you look at the stained glass window on the bottom of it you see people kneeling in front of books, this represents the valuing of education by socialists. The fabian society was dedicated to gradually introducing socialism into England.
    Also socialism is big in Latin America and Latin American culture values education

    1. Hey, Eurasian’s back!
      I’m neither a “liberal” nor “conservative,” although I don’t think that there has been a true conservative in office for quite some time. Most mainstream conservatives are either neocons or their followers.
      Paleocons such as Pat Buchanan, the late Sam Francis, Paul Craig Roberts, and others opposed the war in Iraq, recognized that our foreign policy was responsible for 9/11, have spoken out against outsourcing and neoliberal economics, etc.
      If Paul Craig Roberts were president instead of Dubya or other establishment conservatives, this country would be in much better shape.
      Too bad none of those individuals I’ve mentioned are mainstream, with the exception of Buchanan.
      (I have mixed feelings about Buchanan)

    2. Eurasian, I’m pretty sure that you and I are ideologically far apart (me being a borderline white nationalist and all. If you want me to explain what I mean by “borderline,” I’ll be more than happy to do so), but out of all the anti-racists/Critical Race Theorists, out there, you are one of the most reasonable.

      1. Well, let’s just put it this way.
        It is definitely true that if you had to place me in any one category, I would be a white nationalist, and I have no problem with saying that.
        However, at the same time, there are WN views that I don’t agree with, such as their biological determinism, insistence that all black women are ugly, some of their more bizarre conspiracy theories, etc.
        For me, my white nationalism is really reactionary, in the literal sense of the word. I’m reacting to bad personal experiences and reacting to the radical writings of CRT’s.
        I just don’t think that I’m hard core enough or fully white nationalist.
        Otherwise, the majority of my friends wouldn’t be non-white, I would be much more dogmatic, among other things.
        Still, out of many ideologies, white nationalism is the one that makes the most sense to me, and I do agree with much of what they say.
        I think they go a little too far at times.

      2. @ Bay Area Guy:
        Thanks… I guess. As an “anti-racist/critical race theorist”, I’m not sure how to take it when a white nationalist (borderline or not) tells me I’m the most reasonable of that lot. It’s certainly not a ringing endorsement as far as the anti-racist crowd are concerned!
        Perhaps its more realistic to say that I’m the most reasonable one with a blog that you know of.

      3. I’m not sure how to take it when a white nationalist (borderline or not) tells me I’m the most reasonable of that lot. It’s certainly not a ringing endorsement as far as the anti-racist crowd are concerned!
        Lol! Yeah, I understand where you’re coming from.
        I hope my compliment hasn’t gotten you in trouble with the Abagond crowd! 😉
        But anyway, I think it might be your approach more than anything. You don’t use inflammatory rhetoric just to piss people off and tend to take an open-minded and reasonable attitude towards arguments.
        There are anti-racists who piss the hell out of me (most anti-racists are like that), and those who just don’t for some reason.
        Somehow, you’re part of the latter category.
        Take that as you will.

        1. Shit, if I’m not pissing off a WN, maybe I’m not much of an anti-racist. 😉
          But, while we’re sharing the love, you seem like much less of an asshole than I would expect from someone who claims white nationalism.
          The fact that you are into WNism means that it is highly possible that I eventually find out some of your other opinions and decide you are a c**t, but until that day, let’s all be friendly!

        2. Shit, if I’m not pissing off a WN, maybe I’m not much of an anti-racist.
          Hey, who knows? Maybe your views are more complex than a typical anti-racist/Critical Race Theorist.
          But, while we’re sharing the love, you seem like much less of an asshole than I would expect from someone who claims white nationalism.
          Yeah, I’ve also heard that from other people.
          Robert once said that I’m not mean spirited enough to be aWN, or to the extent that I am one, I’m pretty mild.
          The fact that you are into WNism means that it is highly possible that I eventually find out some of your other opinions and decide you are a c**t
          Yeah, on an individual level, I think that you and I would get along well in the real world.
          So long as we don’t delve too deeply into race and immigration related issues.
          but until that day, let’s all be friendly!
          Hey, fine by me!

  2. Robert the first thing Communist governments do when coming to power is kill of all the leading intellectuals and elite so there is no competent leaders to oppose there rule.
    This was especially true in the Bolshevik takeover of Russia where the Russian elite was replaced by Jews and Jewish aligned hostile minority groups.
    What about Nazi Germany there economy had massive growth once Hitler came to power and German scientist, engineers were some of the best in the world so they must have had a good educational program.
    “Stalin’s purges in the 1930′s disproportionately targeted the intellectual leadership of various ethnicities who he distrusted.”
    That’s because foreign power where planning annexation supporting minority ethnic populations prior to WW2.
    Until the conflict between Germany and Poland both had a plan to annex western Ukraine and Poland aligned with France planned an annexation supporting separatist movements in Ukraine, Belarus, the Caucasus and Volga region.
    Polish secret services even created an organisation for this purpose called Prometey headquartered in France.
    And the purges which is admitted by unbiased historians who have studied the archives was not pre-planned but a panic reaction in the Soviet government to sabotage Soviet industry prior to WW2.

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