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The state of the American mind is … not good, according to Mark Bauerlein, co-editor of The State of the American Mind: 16 Leading Critics on the New Anti-Intellectualism, a collection of essays just published by the Templeton Press.
Although IQ tests show that Americans are getting smarter, says Bauerlein, we don’t really know more than we did a generation or two ago — and a lot of what we think we know is in fact mistaken, such as the notion that everyone who is poor deserves welfare because all poor people are equally deserving.
In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Bauerlein explains the motive behind this new volume, how it’s a hat-tip to Allan Bloom, and why we should all worry.
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