America’s Leftist-educated blue coast elites give normal Americans an undeserved inferiority complex.
I’m writing this from an airport as I await my flight to return home to a community in which everyone I know has at least one college degree and not a few of them have several advanced degrees. In my world — and, indeed, in most of the blue world — a person who has achieved economic success without academic credentials is rare.
My trip took me to a very different world, one in which GEDs are common and college degrees rare. These are not bookish people. Most of the people I left are what my mother, with beautiful European condescension, would have called “simple” people. I have a strong suspicion that, given the radical political climate in which we live, the blue staters would have bypassed that old-fashioned tact and just called them stupid.
The reality, though, is that these people are neither stupid nor simple. While they are not educated, they are, in their own way, both thoughtful and accomplished. That they lack Shakespeare or queer studies degrees means only that they wouldn’t be comfortable in the faculty lunch room. On second though, I have a feeling that the Shakespeare scholar wouldn’t be comfortable there either, unless he or she was viewing Shakespeare solely through an LGBTQ etc. lens. [Read more…]