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  • Our Broken Moral Compasses

    10/11/2017 6:11:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 11, 2017 | Walter E. Williams
    As George Orwell said, "some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them." Many stupid ideas originate with academics on college campuses. If they remained there and didn't infect the rest of society, they might be a source of entertainment, much in the way a circus is. Let's look at a few stupid ideas peddled by intellectuals. During the Cold War, academic leftists made a moral equivalency between communist totalitarianism and democracy. Worse is the fact that they exempted communist leaders from the type of harsh criticism directed toward Adolf Hitler, even though communist crimes against humanity made Hitler's...
  • Intellectuals are a fairly modern invention for our society

    05/27/2017 9:26:00 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/27/17 | Arthur Christopher Schaper
    The intelligentsia impulse is all about power. It's about a small faction of academics, intellectuals, and arrogant eggheads who think they know better than everyone else One study I read labeled the prophets in the Old Testament one type of intellectual. I disagree, since they operated as revelators to a nation which had rejected the laws of God and rejected His precepts. The philosophers of Ancient Greece and Rome fall into this “intellectual” category more accurately, since they praised their reasoning, research, and logo ahead of revelation and physical effort The common denominator among them? They were spectacularly wrong on...
  • Crushing on Crushers Why do intellectuals fall in love with dictators and totalitarians?

    05/22/2017 11:15:32 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 16 replies
    City Journal ^ | 19 May, 2017 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Imprisoned serial killers of women are often the object of marriage proposals from women who know nothing of them except their criminal record. This curious phenomenon indicates the depths to which self-deception can sink in determining human action. The women making such offers presumably believe that an essential core of goodness subsists in the killers and that they are uniquely the ones to bring it to the surface. They thereby also distinguish themselves from other women, whose attitude to serial killers is more conventional and unthinkingly condemnatory. They thus see further and deeper, and feel more strongly, than their conventional...
  • French Intellectuals Lament Loss of Influence as Populism Surges

    04/24/2017 11:35:22 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Financial Times ^ | APRIL 15, 2017 | Michael Stothard
    National Front has given voice to much of working class once represented by the leftSipping a coffee at Le Rouge Limé café in central Paris, Michael Foessel, professor of philosophy at the École Polytechnique, harks back to a time when leftwing intellectuals really mattered. Long gone are the days, he says, of Pierre Bourdieu leading strikes by railway workers, Michel Foucault shifting the debate on prison reforms, or Émile Zola and his plea for justice during the Dreyfus Affair. “We are no longer the intellectual leaders of this country,” says the 42-year-old, wearing jeans and a tweed jacket. “In the...
  • Harvard tells students gender can 'change from day to day'

    04/20/2017 7:47:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 98 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | April 20, 2017 | Peter Van Voorhis
    The office of BGLTQ Student Life at Harvard University has released a new school-sponsored guide telling students to “fight transphobia” and “get the facts about gender diversity.” The guide, which was distributed to students on campus, declares that “there are more than two sexes” and that “gender is fluid and changing,” adding that someone’s gender identity “can be affirmed and/or expressed in many ways,” and can even “change from day to day.”
  • Why the Central Valley votes more conservative

    03/17/2017 9:14:17 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2-23-17 | Victor Davis Hanson
    (Skip) I work at Stanford University but live on a farm between Fresno and Visalia. What one place values does not necessarily mean much in the other. Writing an essay no more impresses my rural neighbors than knowing how to drive a tractor or use a chainsaw is of interest to my Palo Alto colleagues. Rural people who mine, log, farm and build hold a tragic view that they are always but a day away from nature’s revenge — drought, flood or storm — and that the human experience is always a war of sorts. In part, the rural backlash...
  • The Intellectual Yet Idiot

    09/19/2016 12:45:55 PM PDT · by Darnright · 22 replies
    medium.com ^ | 9/16/2016 | Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    What we have been seeing worldwide, from India to the UK to the US, is the rebellion against the inner circle of no-skin-in-the-game policymaking “clerks” and journalists-insiders, that class of paternalistic semi-intellectual experts with some Ivy league, Oxford-Cambridge, or similar label-driven education who are telling the rest of us 1) what to do, 2) what to eat, 3) how to speak, 4) how to think… and 5) who to vote for. But the problem is the one-eyed following the blind: these self-described members of the “intelligenzia” can’t find a coconut in Coconut Island, meaning they aren’t intelligent enough to define...
  • NeverTrumpers: Condescension is Not A Strategy

    11/02/2016 8:12:25 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/02/16 | Katy Grimes
    Hillary's coercive centralized planning scheme, which will certainly destroy individual liberty, as history shows, versus Trump's capitalism and freedom plan, which has benefitted America the most, as history definitely shows Bellyaching NeverTrumpers, that group of self-focused “Conservative intellectuals” and “thought leaders,” have done everything possible to sabotage GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign. Short sighted and childishly selfish, they could have helped the Republican nominee construct rock-solid conservative plans… if they were indeed, as Conservative as they profess. “By conservatives,’ I mean actual conservatives, the people who believe in limited government, a strong national defense, American federalism, and who reject...
  • Evil And The Intellectuals

    09/18/2016 7:50:21 PM PDT · by jcon40 · 6 replies
    Forbes.com ^ | Sept. 18, 2016 | Michael Ledeen
    Roger Simon’s fine book on moral narcissism—I Know Best—provides the basic insight into the mostly silly “debate” about the Hillary vs Trump contest. Roger understands that our ruling class isn’t much interested in understanding the real consequences of policy. With rare exceptions, the debate is about how the American “nomenklatura” feels about advocating one policy or another. It’s all about them, not about the election. In twenty-first century America, almost all of us seem to have concluded that “You are what you say you are. You are what you proclaim your values to be, irrespective of their consequences.” That is...
  • Most Average New Yorkers and Most Average Americans, Reject Elite New York Values

    01/17/2016 9:15:21 AM PST · by pinochet · 68 replies
    Donald Trump would make a good president. And so would Ted Cruz. The elite limousine liberals in New York are laughing their @sses off, when they see the supporters of two great conservatives attacking each other. Any intellectually honest supporter of Trump will acknowledge that Cruz was not attacking the average New Yorker. He was attacking New York's left-wing intellectuals, who have the reputation of being the most arrogant intellectuals on the face of the earth. Those elite intellectuals despise average New Yorkers, and they hate the New York Police Department. These intellectuals hate America, as much as the intellectuals...
  • The Next William F. Buckley: Are there no longer any real Catholic public intellectuals?

    06/03/2014 1:19:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 06/03/2014 | Mark Judge
    It could be due to the usual suspects: the dumbing down of culture. The partisanship of politics and cable television, which doesn’t make time for erudition and deep penetration into an issue. The dominance of secularism. Those are all probably to blame for the fact that there are no longer any real Catholic public intellectuals. Note: I did not say Catholic intellectuals. I said Catholic public intellectuals. William F. Buckley. Richard John Neuhaus. Fulton Sheen. These men were Catholic public intellectuals: they created popular magazines, hosted TV shows, wrote both fiction and nonfiction books. Their prose was literary, and they...
  • Lewis, Huxley were giants in intellectual world

    11/22/2013 6:19:56 PM PST · by Ge0ffrey · 5 replies
    HeraldNet ^ | 11/22/13 | Julie Muhlstein
    Today, 50 years after a notable death, a memorial stone will be placed in an edifice steeped in history.The building is not in our country, and the man being honored is not President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated Nov. 22, 1963.Two intellectual giants, C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley, also died that day. Their passings were overshadowed by the shocking news from Dallas -- just as Kennedy tributes are filling news pages and TV schedules all this month.At London's Westminster Abbey today, a memorial stone in Lewis' honor will be placed in the Poet's Corner of the Gothic church. Lewis...
  • The Hill of Hypocrisy

    09/10/2013 6:05:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 10, 2013 | Mike Adams
    Late Friday morning of last week, I got interrupted by a call from Katie Pavlich. It's not like I was working - I haven't worked on a Friday morning since I got tenure back in 1998. It's just that I was cleaning one of my favorite .44 magnums and didn't want to be disturbed at that particular moment. Nonetheless, Katie was having some problems with the folks at UNC - Chapel Hill and she needed some help. So I put down my Smith and Wesson and gave her my best advice. For those who haven't yet heard, Katie was invited...
  • Thomas Sowell and the Intellectuals (Part I)

    03/30/2013 3:46:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    American Spectator ^ | March 28, 2013 | David Hogberg
    ~snip~ An interview with the Hoover economist on his new book, Intellectuals and Race.AmSpec: You’ve written a lot about intellectuals and also a lot about race. Why did you feel a need to put out a separate book on intellectuals and race? Sowell: Parts of this were published originally in the second edition of Intellectuals and Society, although other parts are new. But I wrote it in part because I was correcting a mistake I made, which was that I didn’t listen to my research assistant when she told me that this material should be published as a separate book....
  • Sowell, Race Hustlers, and David Hume (Part II)

    03/30/2013 3:46:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies
    American Spectator ^ | March 29, 2013 | David Hogberg
    ~snip~ AmSpec: In the book you have a definition of “multiculturalism.” Can you talk about that and its implications? Sowell: The central premise of multiculturalism is that no culture is superior to another. The proponents of this draw conclusions such as it is wrong for school teachers to insist that black kids from the ghetto speak standard English. The idea that no culture is superior is another fact-free premise. If you look at the actual history of any society, they borrow from other societies. That’s why I believe that isolated societies are almost invariably lagging because they can’t borrow from...
  • The Tea Party Needs Allies (leaders outside their class and kind)

    02/22/2012 3:32:24 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | February 22, 2012 | William Tucker
    ......Deference to leaders who do not necessarily share your background or agree with you on everything is in the fiber of representative government. It is enshrined in the Constitution. In fact, there probably never would have been a Constitution if the Americans of 1787 hadn't been willing to defer to the "assembly of demigods" (as Jefferson described them) that convened in Philadelphia, closed the doors to the press, sealed the windows to eavesdroppers, and privately debated the future of the nation. ....What the Tea Party needs to do is look for allies. There are other people in the country who...
  • The Problem With Intellectuals

    02/21/2012 2:07:45 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | February 21, 2012 | Richard F. Miniter
    [SNIP] ...So all in all, what choice do we have other than to go after the one individual whose horrible vulnerability Orwell pointed out? The one individual upon whom the entire Left-Wing Liberal movement depends, and must depend for its galvanic power -- the liberal intellectual? And what is an intellectual? Well, the dictionary definition is one thing, but what we commonly mean by the term isn't a Ph.D. in physics. And neither do we so call those highly educated in such disciplines such as engineering, math, chemistry, quantum mechanics, metallurgy, and medicine intellectuals. Instead, we usually hang the label...
  • Compromise Impossible

    01/08/2012 9:56:04 PM PST · by ventanax5 · 7 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Daniel Greenfield
    The Western doctrine of non-violence depends on the willingness to compromise. To resolve any conflict by sitting down at a table, finding points of agreement and then working through the rest. The ruthless killing fields of the twentieth century have not shaken that eternal faith in a diplomatic solution, rather they have only strengthened it. But what happens when a compromise is genuinely impossible? The commitment to non-violence depends on the assumption that while small numbers of fanatics might seek war, the vast majority of people do not. And even if they do want war, they want a humane war,...
  • OCCUPY DENVER ELECTS LEADER SHELBY [Dog]

    11/09/2011 1:33:55 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 16 replies · 1+ views
    youtube.com ^ | Nov 8, 2011 | PolarityMovie
    SHELBY IS THE FIRST ELECTED LEADER OF ANY OCCUPY MOVEMENT. WE ELECTED HER ON NOVEMBER 5TH BECAUSE SHE IS MORE OF A PERSON THAN A CORPORATION IS AND LESS CORRUPT THAN MOST PEOPLE. SHE IS THE YOUNGEST, FIRST, AND ONLY DOG LEADER OF THIS REVOLUTION.
  • Sarah Palin & the Vanishing Sphere: Fallout from dwindling private sector makes for easy prophecy

    04/26/2011 1:17:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Human Events ^ | April 26, 2011 | John Hayward
    The New York Sun has an article today called “Sarah Palin for the Fed?” in which they discuss how the former governor of Alaska and 2008 vice-presidential candidate has been running rings around all of Barack Obama’s high-priced, high-powered, ideologically impeccable financial men: “The big question as Chairman Bernanke gets set for his first quarterly press conference is how Sarah Palin was able to figure out sooner than everyone else that the Federal Reserve’s campaign of quantitative easing wouldn’t work. Disappointment in the Fed’s policies is being reported this morning at the top of page one of the New York...