If you want a clear look at intellectuals under a bright light, read “Intellectuals & Society” by the best real intellectual of them all - Thomas Sowell.
I learned a lot from that book just recently. He shows that the theories of ivory tower intellectuals tend to be outside their field of expertise, rendering them, in a good many cases, wrong.
Their theories are not tested empirically - they never have to stand the test of the real world.
But their sycophants bring them blindly into the real world, like the theory that arming a nation promotes war and disarming it promotes peace - with disastrous results for everybody.
It’s a great book.
Yes, RoadTest! GREAT book...I just finished it last month.
It explains a LOT, as many of his books do! GREAT book!