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by Thomas Sowell

Among the many wonders to be expected from an Obama administration, if Nicholas D. Kristof of the New York Times is to be believed, is ending "the anti-intellectualism that has long been a strain in American life."

He cited Adlai Stevenson, the suave and debonair governor of Illinois, who twice ran for president against Eisenhower in the 1950s, as an example of an intellectual in politics.

Intellectuals, according to Mr. Kristof, are people who are "interested in ideas and comfortable with complexity," people who "read the classics."

It is hard to know whether to laugh or cry.

Adlai Stevenson was certainly regarded as an intellectual by intellectuals in the 1950s. But, half a century later, facts paint a very different picture.

Historian Michael Beschloss, among others, has noted that Stevenson "could go quite happily for months or years without picking up a book." But Stevenson had the airs of an intellectual -- the form, rather than the substance.

What is more telling, form was enough to impress the intellectuals, not only then but even now, years after the facts have been revealed, though apparently not to Mr. Kristof.

That is one of many reasons why intellectuals are not taken as seriously by others as they take themselves.

As for reading the classics, President Harry Truman, whom no one thought of as an intellectual, was a voracious reader of heavyweight stuff like Thucydides and read Cicero in the original Latin. When Chief Justice Carl Vinson quoted in Latin, Truman was able to correct him.

Yet intellectuals tended to think of the unpretentious and plain-spoken Truman as little more than a country bumpkin.

Similarly, no one ever thought of President Calvin Coolidge as an intellectual. Yet Coolidge also read the classics in the White House. He read both Latin and Greek, and read Dante in the original Italian, since he spoke several languages. It was said that the taciturn Coolidge could be silent in five different languages.

The intellectual levels of politicians are just one of the many things that intellectuals have grossly misjudged for years on end.

During the 1930s, some of the leading intellectuals in America condemned our economic system and pointed to the centrally planned Soviet economy as a model-- all this at a time when literally millions of people were starving to death in the Soviet Union, from a famine in a country with some of the richest farmland in Europe and historically a large exporter of food.
continued here - http://townhall.com/columnists/ThomasSowell/2008/11/11/intel...
Some good quotes from the article

"History fully vindicates the late William F. Buckley's view that he would rather be ruled by people represented by the first 100 names in the Boston phone book than by the faculty of Harvard."

"But the ignorance of Ph.D.s is still ignorance and high-IQ groupthink is still groupthink, which is the antithesis of real thinking."

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The world is full

of educated fools and uneducated fools - they are a dime a dozen.

What we need more of are awakened people, whether they graduated from Harvard or dropped out in the 6th grade.
It doesn't take a genius to know when you're getting a red, white, and blue dildo rammed up your butt.

"Tyrants fear nothing more than insubordination"

"It's just one big club... and WE ain't in it!"

Exactly How smart do you

How smart do you have to be to read and understand the constitution?
*No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States
*attained to the Age of thirty five Years
*fourteen Years a Resident within the United States

Some pretty simple requirements.


It does not take a majority to prevail ... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.
— Samuel Adams

13 No servant can serve two masters; for either he shall hate the one, and love the other, or else he shall lean to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and riches. - Luke 16

To quote Peter Ustinov

"The stupidity of a stupid man is mercifully intimate and reticient, while the stupidity of an intellectual is cried from the rooftops."

Somewhere in hell, John Maynard Keynes is laughing maniacally and dancing a jig.

"the only thing that keeps the banking system from failing is general ignorance about how the banking system works."

Bush went to Yale...and he can't even complete a sentence...

...Anymore I think being an intellectual means that you've had 8 years of post graduate work in learning how to tell lies in a language that confuses it for the truth...and you believe it.

Well I've seen your Rhetoric

pertaining to the impossible scientific excuse of WTC 7's Demolition and the NIST report on 9/11 and quite frankly I don't believe you.

You don't need 8 years of post graduate work to be an intellectual.

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Criticism from someone who believes in leprechauns.

Isn't there a Star Trek convention you're late for?


I've had a problem in my life, upon when I come to a conclusion that I may be understanding or theorizing an outcome my ego developes a sense of arrogance.

My biggest obstacle now to understanding the complexity of anything dosen't lie in the problem so much as how I view the outcome and how it has effected me.

To be wise must first means you have to humble yourself.. If not the mind will think it's reached a pinnacle when all it has really done is move a stone.

I enjoy being around people who think. But anyone arrogant enough to play god with my life by instating policies using government needs to be checked as well as the government they control.

But that's life, it's a learning process. and we are but a spec of a spec of a spec in comparison to all that is or will be.


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