Note: Because the two authors mentioned below use offensive-to-some language to make their points, I’m going to replace parts of the profanity so I can represent coarseness without actually printing the word.
Aaron James, also an American philosopher and author of Assh..es: a Theory, tells us of another sort of jerk, i.e., the assh..e. These are people who allow themselves to enjoy privileges over others out of an entrenched sense of entitlement. Though the ways of assh..es are not usually punished, their rudeness, disregard and indifference toward others trigger feelings of powerlessness, fear or rage in those who cross their paths.
Harry G. Frankfurt, Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus at Princeton, also addresses jerkitude in his book titled, On Bullsh.., published in 2005. He says that one of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much b.s. and so many bullsh.. artists. “The realms of advertising and of public relations, and the nowadays closely related realm of politics, are replete with instances of bullsh.. so unmitigated that they can serve among the most indisputable and classic examples of the concept.”
Bullsh..ters can be know-nothings who cover their ignorance with bluster, or they can be, for example, politicians, professors or talk show hosts and guests who do not necessarily reject the authority of the truth, but for egoistic, lazy or mood-of-the-times reasons don’t mind pretending that facts are other than they are.