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Pseudo-Intellectual: The Insult of the Anti-Intellectual

Dissecting the go-to slander of the cognitively mediocre.

If you spend any time on the internet, which I would highly discourage if you can help it, you have probably seen an angry echo chamber lob accusations of being a pseudo-intellectual at some individual who dared to defy the pre-approved perspectives, positions and talking points. Since the person defying the circle jerk’s back-patting groupthink is articulate, they cannot just call them stupid, so they careen right towards labeling the offending critical thinker a pseudo-intellectual with embarrassing predictability.

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“I agree that nonsense makes perfect sense and that I am the Dungherder. I can put my foot right in the pile and get my slice-o-the pie.”

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