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Idealists, Intellectuals and Other Dangerous Characters
www.stolinsky.com ^ | 02-11-10 | stolinsky

Posted on 02/10/2010 9:11:45 PM PST by stolinsky

Most people live in the real world. They have to. But some people have the luxury of living in their heads. They have the leisure time to imagine an ideal world organized in an ideal way and run by ideal officials − in other words, themselves.

These people went to a university, and perhaps graduate school. They studied gurus from Plato to Marx, who fantasized their own version of the ideal. They were taught by professors who often had done nothing outside the university, and who looked down on ordinary working people.

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TOPICS: Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: dangerous; earthly; paradise
Idealists, Intellectuals and Other Dangerous Characters
1 posted on 02/10/2010 9:11:45 PM PST by stolinsky
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To: stolinsky

Good essay!


2 posted on 02/10/2010 9:31:16 PM PST by aquila48
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To: stolinsky
Stolinsky, intellectuals are not the problem. You come off as a highly educated intellectual yourself. I agree with your view that isolated ivory tower idealism, as distinct from real-world experience and wisdom, can be very dangerous if allowed to accumulate sufficient political power. But ignorance, stupidity and mental laziness combined with greed, envy and brutality are the deadly tools used by tyrants to create serfdoms.

Hitler's Brownshirts, Stalin's NKVD, Mussolini's Blackshirts and the Purple-Shirted People Beaters of Obama's SEIU are just as dangerous and culpable. Their ignorance, selfishiness and lack of sufficient social conscience to understand how they are being manipulated is terrifying. Education and knowledge are not evil in and of themselves. They are, in fact, our salvation.

3 posted on 02/10/2010 10:07:55 PM PST by Bernard Marx (I don’t trust the reasoning of anyone who writes then when they mean than.)
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To: Bernard Marx

My father was an MD and my mother was a teacher with an MA. But my mother’s 4 brothers never finished high school. Still, they put all their children through college. I graduated from UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco School of Medicine. But I spent the first 8 years of my life in Lisbon, N. Dak. My friends’ fathers worked with their hands. And religion taught me to see all people as created in God’s image. So I was immunized against the elitism I was exposed to at the university. Yes, education is vital, IF young people are immunized against leftist elitism. Otherwise, education easily becomes indoctrination.


4 posted on 02/11/2010 12:31:49 PM PST by stolinsky
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