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America-Lite : How Imperial Academia Dismantled Our Culture (and Ushered In the Obamacrats) - David  Gelernter


How Imperial Academia Dismantled Our Culture (and Ushered In the Obamacrats)

Hardcover Published: 26th June 2012
ISBN: 9781594036064
Number Of Pages: 200

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If a man is articulate and intelligent, charming and successful and supremely self-confident … why would you ever suspect that he’s also ignorant?--that he doesn’t know what he’s doing? How would you ever guess?

In President Obama’s case, you piece knowledge together out of the odd comment, strange choice of words, peculiar turn of phrase, puzzling decision. But the problem goes much deeper than Obama and will last much longer. The president is the first of a new breed, with a whole army of airheads behind him. They are the first wave of PORGIs settling themselves comfortably in the driver’s seat of American culture. PORGIs today (Post-Religious, Globalist, Intellectuals or Intellectual-izers) are what WASPs used to be: proud bosses of America’s cultural elite. But PORGIs have been educated without ever learning history, or any basis on which to love, or even admire, or even approve of America and Americanism. Yet with every passing year, American culture is more firmly in their hands.

This book discusses Obama and the modern airhead, and investigates the origins of the PORGI in the enormous but hidden fact of America’s Cultural Revolution. In the generation following World War II, 1945-1970, America’s elite colleges were transformed from social to intellectual powerhouses. Their leading students, professors and officers used to be socially prominent WASPs; after the Revolution, they were intellectuals or aspiring intellectuals. During this same generation, the influence of American universities expanded hugely, as college populations increased and the influence of graduate and (especially) professional schools did too. Alumni of these transformed elite universities populate America’s New Establishment--its new PORGI establishment. Obama himself is unimportant. But the big change in America he represents has already transformed the country, and will do much more (and may do much worse) before it is played out.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prologue: Before and Afterp. 1
Intellectuals and the Cultural Revolutionp. 7
Snapshot 1941: War, the Elite and the Thinkersp. 29
The Great Reformp. 39
Imperial Academiap. 77
The Road to the Late '60sp. 89
Snapshot 1968: War, the Elite and the Thinkersp. 97
Today: Airheads and Obamacratsp. 107
Asymmetry and Balancep. 125
The Cultural Revolution Shapes Americap. 135
Epilogue: Where Does That Leave Us?p. 153
Notesp. 161
Indexp. 171
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ISBN: 9781594036064
ISBN-10: 1594036063
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 26th June 2012
Publisher: Encounter Books,USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45

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