Skip to comments.Idealists, Intellectuals and Other Dangerous Characters
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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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.
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.
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