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Some modern American anti-intellectualism originates from the view held by some that the current form of public education subverts religious belief. The validity of this view was substantiated by the spread of and among the educated during the , and was deep-rooted even before that time. For instance, the writer and wrote in 1642, "The more learned and witty you bee, the more fit to act for will you bee." More recently, an anti-intellectual current is claimed by some in the works of Christian cartoonist . In his tract for example, he depicts the academic establishment as intolerant and elitist in their rejection of .
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But class hasn’t completely dropped out of our political discourse. In fact, it’s made a comeback of late, only in a particularly devious new guise, our new ruling paradigm of red state vs. blue state—where ideology is rewritten as region (Republicans are from red states, Democrats from blue), region as culture (red-staters drink beer, blue-staters drink wine), and culture as class, though only implicitly (what do you think beer and wine really mean?). Fifty-seven million people voted for John Kerry in the last election; to speak as if all of them were Chardonnay-sipping professors, or even professionals, is ridiculous. Simple arithmetic tells us that millions of them were members of the working class. But according to the dominant syllogism, if Kerry voters are effete elitists while Bush voters are “ordinary Americans” (the closest anyone comes to actually saying working class anymore) then the working class looks like the stereotypical Bush voter: rural, Southern, conservative, nationalist, and fundamentalist—in other words, redneck. This is as gross an oversimplification as imagining that the middle class is composed exclusively of leftist academics. But absent any other or better images of the working class, the redneck myth not only means that Republicans get to present themselves as champions of the working class while ostensibly denying its existence (as Thomas Frank has argued in What’s the Matter with Kansas), it also means that the true character of the working class, in all its enormous breadth and diversity, remains hidden.