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Anti-intellectualism is taking over the US

Taking the example of Tucson, Arizona where a book mentioning her work has been banned, Patricia Williams sounds the alarm on the rise of academic book bans in the United States in an article in The Guardian. She also alerts to sackings of teachers who have used or promoted books seen as inappropriate, or who have carried out actions that authorities have labelled as “activist”.

Williams considers that a key factor in what she describes as anti-intellectualism is the sense of privilege and superiority that allows people to judge works without having carried out any study at all.

She finishes with mention of protest group Librotraficante (Book Trafficker) that is working to bypass Arizona’s public school book bans.

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Bruce Boyes ( is editor, lead writer, and a director of the award-winning RealKM Magazine ( and currently also teaches in the University of NSW (UNSW) Foundation Studies program in China. He has expertise and experience in a wide range of areas including knowledge management (KM), environmental management, program and project management, writing and editing, stakeholder engagement, communications, and research. Bruce holds a Master of Environmental Management with Distinction and a Certificate of Technology (Electronics). With a demonstrated ability to identify and implement innovative solutions to social and ecological complexity, Bruce's many career highlights include establishing RealKM Magazine as an award-winning resource for knowledge managers, using agile and knowledge management approaches to oversee the implementation of an award-winning $77.4 million river recovery program in western Sydney on time and under budget, leading a knowledge strategy process for Australia's 56 natural resource management (NRM) regional organisations, pioneering collaborative learning and governance approaches to support communities to sustainably manage landscapes and catchments, and initiating and teaching two new knowledge management subjects at Shanxi University in China.

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