Nora Caplan-Bricker ~ Senator Outraged That National Endowment For The Humanities Funds Study Of Humanities

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Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III  Photo:

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III
Photo: October 2104. Usually, Republicans direct their bitter hatred for all things intellectual at individual peoplelike, for example, our “professorial” president. This week, Alabama Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III got a little more fundamental and decided to wage war against humanistic inquiry in general. In a letter to the chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Carol Watson, Sessions demanded to know why the NEH was doling out so much grant money for projects that struck him as obviously worthless. His list of questionable grant expenditures is as follows:

  • “What is the meaning of life?” ($24,953)
  • “Why are we interested in the past?” ($24,803)
  • “What is the good life and how do I live it?” ($25,000)
  • “Why are bad people bad?” ($23,390)
  • “What is belief?” ($24,562)
  • “What is a monster?” ($24,999)
  • “Why do humans write?” ($24,774)

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