"This is a potent articulation of the dark emotional roots of the Cult of Smartness: the desire to…"

“This is a potent articulation of the dark emotional roots of the Cult of Smartness: the desire to differentiate and dominate that the meritocracy encourage. Ironically, in seeking to stand apart, the Cult of Smartness can kill independent thought by subtly training people to defer to others who one should “take seriously.” This has a particular allure if the views of the serious,s mart folks are contrary to those of the public at large or one’s particular peer group.”

- Chris Hayes from Twilight of the Elites (via fivedollarradio)

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