A couple of years ago I had a job interview with a US university. During the interview one of the panelists asserted that “Australia is an anti-intellectual country”. Evidence for this claim was our prime minister at the time, Tony Abbott. “How could you elect a guy like that?”
Aside from the surprise at having the intellectual status of my nationality called into question during an interview for a philosophy position, it was also very odd considering Tony Abbott is a Jesuit and so was the panelist citing him as evidence of Australia’s anti-intellectualism. I refrained from pointing this out to him.
Anyway, petty as it might seem, I did get a spring in my step this morning at the thought of that guy waking up to the new intellectual dawn of Trump’s America.