America-Lite America Lite Where We All Live Is Just Like America, Only Turned Into An Amusement Park Or A Video Game Or A Supersized Pinkberry, Where The Past And Future Are Blank And There Is Only A Big NOW How Did We Come To Expect No Virtue And So Much Cynicism From Our Culture, Our Leaders And Each Other In This Refreshingly Judgmental Book, David Gelernter Connects The Historical Dots To Reveal A Stealth Revolution Carried Out By Post Religious Globalist Intellectuals Who, By And Large, Can T Run Their Own Universities Or Scholarly Fields, But Are Very Sure They Can Run You These Imperial Academics Have Deployed Their Students Into The Top Echelon Of Professions Once Monopolized By Staid And Steady WASPs In This Simple Way, They Have Installed Themselves As The New Designated Drivers Of American Culture.Imperial Academics Live In A World Of Theory They Preach Disdain For Mere Facts And For Old Fashioned Fact Based Judgments Like True Or False Schoolchildren Are Routinely Taught Theories About History Instead Of Actual History They Learn, For Example, That All Nations Are Equally Nice Except For America, Which Is Nearly Always Nasty.With Academic Experts To Do Our Thinking For Us, We Ve Politely Shut Up And Let Second Raters Take The Wheel In Fact, We Have Handed The Keys To The Star Pupil And Teacher S Pet Of The Post Religious Globalist Intellectuals, Whose Election To The Presidency Of The United States Constituted The Ultimate Global Group Hug.How Do We Finally Face The Truth And Get Back Into The Driver S Seat America Lite Ends With A One Point Plan. What a brilliant, sarcastic, hilarious, insightful, justifiably judgmental critique of the current state of our Union David Gelernter has produced a refreshingly judgmental book and is not afraid to tell it like it is I think this is a book every American should read right now He did a wonderful job outlining the decline of American education and the rise of academia and the effects on American culture.He opens the book by claiming that authority was swept away by the cultural revolution Power remains, of course Power will never go away But nearly no one holds authority Respect is rare and etiquette is almost non existent In assaulting the protective shell provided by etiquette or good manners, the cultural revolution and its consequences promoted the destruction of privacy in fact, of the whole idea of privacy p 4Gelernter asserts that there were two reasons for the cultural revolution The first was the Great Reform of elite American colleges and the second was the rise of Imperial Academia The intellectuals college became the Imperial University Elite universities had always been influential in American culture, but in the
The actual title of this book is America Lite How Imperial Academia Dismantled Our Culture and Ushered in the Obamacrats I highly recommend this book All during the recent presidential election, I longed to ask an Obama supporter, What exactly is it about Obama that draws your support Reading this, I have a better understanding The author explains how the cultural revolution of the 60s and 70s impacted our country, moving out the WASPS and moving in the PORGIs post religious globalist intellectuals The leaders in business, politics, and intellectual areas were now left leaning, rather than conservative Their influence and authority impacted the universities, filtering down to the lower levels of education, thereby creating another generation of liberals, PORGI Airheads These people have theories about the world that they hold to, even in the face of evidence to the contrary America is bad We just need to s
The problems with the American higher education are a legion You can hardly open a newspaper today without coming across an article decrying many ills that overly expensive education has saddled the students with As the price tag of a college diploma seems to be getting ever out of control, the value of what students get diminishes every year The over priced and under valued American higher education is just a symptom of a larger problem with the academie The problem is the subversion of the meritocratic mindset that flourished, however briefly, for a little while during the opening of the American colleges and universities in the middle of the twentieth century One of this book s greatest strengths is that it takes a long view of the American higher education, much longer than most such books on this subject It goes all the way to the founding principles of many such institutions a few centuries ago, especially the private ones American colleges and universities have always been a form of exclusive social clubs, and the emphasis on
This is a quirky, sharply perceptive explanation of the nature and history of big academia s left lunatic shift to a left intellectual, dictatorial, indoctrinatory fantasy world after 1967 Gelernter relies mostly the experiences of American Jewry to illustrate the various processes propelling this shift, though parallels to other groups are obvious and often cited as well Gelernter is pessimistic about the chances to restore any balance and restraint to the elite universities, but he has thought this problem through on a broad strategic scale He is very optimistic about the opportunities the internet and burgeoning homeschooling resources provide to involve less wealthy, less prestigious colleges and universities in new, creative partnerships with quality online degree granting institutions able to provide students with serious, broad and or specialized educations at lower cost.And by so doing, clarify the nature of our elite
Since the current speculation is that this guy could be the official science adviser for the Trump administration, I thought it would be worth getting to know him This book reads like your cringe inducing uncle s entertaining but ugly jeremiad about how all the problems in America can be traced back to the cultural revolution of the 1960s The first half of that decade is described as our Periclean years, when it was still okay to be a red blooded American After the cultural revolution, the left libs took over The people in senior positions of power now are the first to have been educated indoctrinated by lefties They may be smart and well intentioned, but they are ignorant Also, they are feminine, because Deep down, to be liberal is female girls want to be loved cf his To be conservative is male boys want to be respected and Liberal intellectuals tend to be insecure, to blame themselves, to curry favor Like small girls, they are eager to feel loved, and worry lest they should not deserve it They are eager to apologize and be forgiven Here are a few of the talki
Good bits rescue the ones he seemed to phone in.Parts read like standard right wing I m right wing myself list of frustrations Did you see that reporter say that Did you hear this outrageous claim made by that leftist politician that sort of thing Entertaining for me, but not as illuminating as just regular choir preaching.But the initial premise goes deeper than the standard conservative complaint about elites and education, much discursive Inclined to the aggressive argumentative style he attributes to certain cultural groups in the book for those who find those sections alarming in their blunt language, note the last name of the author and look up his bio and you ll feel better it s insider baseball.As with all culture warning books, the hard part to write is the what do we do about it section Gelernter s ideas are of interest, but not much fleshed out His discussion about internet learning could use some research he would do well to spend a bunch of time with the home school community, which is act
A distracting number of metaphors Written for the crowd that will say, I know, right Uncautious in its treatment of race and sex, so a noncharitable reader might see it as bigoted Includes weird asides Cary Grant was great, Clark Gable was terrible, Mary McCarthy was hot when she was at Vassar Imp
The version of this book that I bought was entitled America Lite How Imperial Academia Dismantled Our Culture and Ushered in the Obamacrats Gelernter seems to have jumped on the social cultural change bandwagon along with the likes of David Brooks The Social Animal and Charles Murray Coming Apart , etc Although I agree that liberal academia is s
A jeremiad against progressive airhead ism, the Obamacrat cultural mood begotten of America s cultural revolution not even properly ideological, but presuppositionally progressive, because its tenets have not been critically assessed and accepted, but rather breathed as the oxygen of intellectualism

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  • Paperback
  • 200 pages
  • America-Lite
  • David Gelernter
  • English
  • 01 June 2018
  • 9781594037085