When did it become a fad to be an "intellectual thinker". Maybe I'm immature, maybe I can read through B.S. But the "Intellectual thinker" is probably less than 200 years old. I understand being literate and I understand the freedom to ponder, but that does not mean sitting around in coffee houses and 'thinking outside of the box' means you are smart. "I are smart because I ponder" but is what you ponder smart? 90% of the time I say 'not'- but I don't want to start a debate about the personal perspective of what is and is not worth pondering
elitist is a term I used when a particular person purposly irritated another person. Finally the irritated snapped back at the irritator at which point the irritator accused the irritated of not upholding a standard set by the irritants social belief system. Gosh I'm feeling intellectual.
I just cannot understand the American suspicion of intellectuals. Who was the presidential candidate who lost votes because he could speak French? If anything, the role of the public intellectual has decreased over the last century. Sad really.
There is not one starbucks in my city. You walk into a coffee shop around here your probably going to be slapping homeless and mentally handicapped. Maybe if you hung ouside at the D&D drive through you might see one.