Several months ago I claimed that “the American conservative’s attitude toward education is often even worse than that of his [liberal] counterpart.” It turns out Rush Limbaugh has been so helpful as to emphasize my point.
The very good response to Limbaugh comes from Martin Cothran via Memoria Press, a family-run publishing company here in Louisville. The only fault I can find with Cothran’s retort is an amiable one; it is a little too generous. In describing Limbaugh’s attack on the classics as “friendly fire,” Cothran optimistically assumes that, deep down inside, the celebrity talk-radio host is deeply attached to Western civilization and the spirit of inquiry embodied in it.
My view is that there is no reason at all to treat the opinions of Limbaugh more seriously than those of, say, the late Steve Jobs. Part of the reason the Left now dominates the humanities is because nature abhors a vaccuum; as often as not so-called “conservatives” regard as wasted time any serious contemplation of what it means to be human, and have thereby ceded the field to leftists — many of whom are at least farsighted enough to recognize the importance of cultivating imagination and intellect.