Daily Archives: October 12, 2010

Pro-Choice? What are you Choosing?

Ray Bradbury predicts the rise of Sean Hannity, in 1950

One of the things I can’t stand about Sean Hannity, besides his love of violence and the fact that he’s a Malthusian Cafeteria Catholic, is his absolute disdain of “intellectuals.” He has a reflexive hatred of anyone who even has a college degree.

Thus, I found it interesting, reading Capt. Beatty’s “history lesson” to Montag in Ray Bradbury’s _Fahrenheit 451_, to see the following:

With school turning out more runners, jumpers, racers, tinkerers, grabbers, snatchers, fliers, and swimmers instead of examiners, critics, knowers, and imaginative creators, the word ‘intellectual,’ of course, became the swear word it deserved to be. You always dread the unfamiliar. Surely you remember the boy in your own school class who was exceptionally ‘bright,’ did most of the reciting and answering while the others sat like so many leaden idols, hating him. And wasn’t it this bright boy you selected for beatings and tortures after hours? Of course it was. We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal. Each man the image of every other; then all are happy. . . .

The passage is, of course, also a validation of my lifelong complaint against the emphasis we put on athletics in American education.