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  • 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...
  • Blind Leftist Devotion to Obama Results From Marxist Critical Theory

    04/10/2011 7:57:19 AM PDT · by Scanian · 26 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | April 10, 2011 | Kelly O'Connell
    Recall, Obama was declared a genius of geniuses by the elites when he ran for president, based on admittance to Harvard Law and a few stirring speeches. Yet, once upon a time, some effort was made to connect education to that holy grail called “intelligence.” After all, wasn’t that the entire argument behind the support and development of the “Ivy League”? But as the average—meaning intellectually guileless—person now sees daily and proved by incontrovertible evidence, being an elite simply means you have been trained into sneering, illiterate idiocy. There is no longer any credible evidence suggesting elites and liberals understand,...
  • All Things Ill-Considered: Anti-Intellectualism and Reality's Jealous Embrace

    03/17/2011 3:43:12 PM PDT · by Barry Secrest · 5 replies
    Conservative Refocus ^ | 03/16/2011 | Barry Secrest
    The NPR/ Schiller Doctrine Schiller proceeded to introduce and regale his potential donors to the vacuous ruminations of those whom refer to themselves as the intellectual elites of this world--the Liberals in charge--as they like to think of themselves. Here are a few things that Schiller, in near-lisp, declared: Schiller Speaking On Behalf Of NPR -"We all think that we don't have enough Muslim voices in our schools, on the air, it's like when the nation was not having enough female voices on the air." Our Take: Comparing Muslims to US Women? This boastful imbecile, Schiller, really needs to look...
  • Middle-Class Hypocrites

    12/16/2010 3:34:54 AM PST · by Scanian · 24 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | December 16, 2010 | Larrey Anderson
    The most dangerous of hypocrites come from the middle class. These are the middle-class "intellectuals" who openly despise other members of the bourgeoisie. They are ubiquitous in academia, the arts, and in much of the mainstream media. They are smugly satisfied to bite the cultural hand that feeds them -- a hand that rarely retaliates. The Tea Parties have begun the arduous process of taking back one portion of our society, the state, from the pseudo-intellectuals who have overwhelmed our political ranks. If Western culture is to survive, however, the middle class must also recapture the educational systems, the media,...
  • Why the religious right has a permanent political edge over secular America [one atheist's view]

    10/12/2010 1:06:54 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 30 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 10, 2010 | Susan Jacoby
    If you believe any of the hogwash about the irrelevance of the religious right to this election, take a look at the numerous right-wing evangelical websites promoting the 40/40 Prayer Vigil, which began in September with a prayer for Christian voter registration and ends--you guessed it--just before election day, Nov. 2. The 40/40 stands for the forty days and forty nights that Jesus supposedly spent wandering in the desert before finally saying no to Satan's temptations. I'm sure that you won't have any trouble figuring out which political party the Southern Baptist Convention--America's largest religious denomination and one of the...
  • What You Can't Say About Islamism

    07/10/2010 7:14:22 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 36 replies · 1+ views
    WSJ ^ | JULY 10, 2010 | PAUL BERMAN
    In our present Age of the Zipped Lip, you are supposed to avoid making any of the following inconvenient observations about the history and doctrines of the Islamist movement: You are not supposed to observe that Islamism is a modern, instead of an ancient, political tendency, which arose in a spirit of fraternal harmony with the fascists of Europe in the 1930s and '40s. You are not supposed to point out that Nazi inspirations have visibly taken root among present-day Islamists, notably in regard to the demonic nature of Jewish conspiracies and the virtues of genocide. And you are not...
  • Sophomoronology, John C. Wright’s Pathology of Intellectuals

    06/07/2010 7:56:49 AM PDT · by mattstat · 7 replies · 23+ views
    The tenured intellectual is the only known creature that denies its own existence. They are, therefore, dangerous animals. Rather, it is not themselves who are of immediate danger, but it is those who come into contact with them and are infected by their philosophical pathogens who are a menace. The tenured intellectual is only a carrier; their disease only debilitates others. Not all who are exposed are infected. Only those with sufficiently weakened reasoning centers—caused by excessive exposure to the New York Times, “organic” foods, Seth MacFarlane creations, and the like—are at risk. Some symptoms of the infection are: an...
  • The Roots of Liberal Condescension

    05/17/2010 7:27:08 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies · 596+ views
    The Clairmont Institute ^ | 09 March 2010 | William Voegeli
    The denunciation of Palin took place 45 years after William F. Buckley, Jr., wrote: "I should sooner live in a society governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two thousand faculty members of Harvard University." From Richard Nixon's invoking the "silent majority" to Palin's campaigning as a devout, plain-spoken hockey mom, conservatives have claimed that they share the common sense of the common man. Liberals—from Adlai Stevenson to Barack Obama to innumerable writers, artists, and academics—have often been willing foils in this drama, unable to stop themselves from...
  • Thomas Sowell Takes on "Intellectuals"

    05/15/2010 3:18:26 AM PDT · by mattstat · 3 replies · 542+ views
    Says brother T.S. Eliot: Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm — but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it; or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves. Thomas Sowell produces this apt quotation, a neat summary of Intellectuals and Society, his important new book. And what a frustrating book it is! It can be read only in snatches, absorbing two, at the most three examples of the insufferable...
  • 3,000 European Jewish intellectuals urge end to Israeli settlements

    05/01/2010 11:08:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies · 598+ views
    haaretz ^ | 5/2/10 | staff
    A new leftist European Jewish group, JCall, has written a letter to be delivered Sunday to the European Parliament calling for a cessation of what it calls systematic support for Israeli government decisions. JCall, which describes itself as "the European J Street" and is to be officially launched Sunday with the presentation of the letter, has raised a storm with its call to stop construction in West Bank settlements and East Jerusalem.
  • The Real Tea Party Story: Community Builders vs. Community Organizers

    03/14/2010 3:18:19 AM PDT · by Scanian · 4 replies · 293+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | March 14, 2010 | Kyle-Anne Shiver
    In less than a year, the MSM has gone from ignoring Tea Parties to mocking and insulting their participants to grudging coverage with ridiculing overtones. Finally it has arrived at giving wide attention to the movement, albeit grudgingly and ungraciously. A once-highly esteemed fourth estate, they have become talking-head dilettantes on a mission to save the disgruntled masses from democracy itself. David Brooks, token toy conservative at the NYT, wrote his explanation for the Tea Parties without ever mentioning them by name, even. He wrote a whole diatribe on the meaning of it all. It's a knee-jerk reaction by us...
  • Intellectuals Step 'Off The Cliff,' Drag Rest Of Us Down: Sowell

    02/28/2010 9:16:51 AM PST · by bopdowah · 19 replies · 700+ views
    INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY ^ | 02/26/2010 | DAVID HOGBERG
    Smart people should make smart decisions. So why do the best and the brightest always seem to create more problems than they solve? Renowned economist Thomas Sowell argues that intellectuals have strong incentives to step out of their area of expertise and "off a cliff." Ultimately, everyday people pay the price....
  • Are Conservatives Anti-intellectual?

    02/07/2010 11:47:13 AM PST · by ConservativeHideout · 38 replies · 474+ views
    I will say that we are against is elitism. The founders created the nation, and while many went into (at times) government service at various levels, many others went back to work, or back to the farm. They left us to manage our own lives, without the tyrannical interference of government. On the other hand, our current elites crave power, and seek to wield that power in order to dictate most aspects of our lives. The elites sneer at the common man, or others that offer a dissenting opinion. They believe that they have a right to govern based on...
  • Why Elitists Fail

    01/30/2010 3:44:15 AM PST · by Scanian · 6 replies · 416+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | January 30, 2010 | Henry Oliner
    We expect those in government to know how to get things done. They need to understand organizational and political behavior, effective administration, and how to comply with the law. We do not expect or want elitists and moral supremacists who believe that they know so much more about justice, the market, and how we should live. In his recent book Intellectuals and Society, Thomas Sowell explains how the "anointed" believe that their advanced education and depth of knowledge in one field automatically makes them an authority on any field in which they wield an opinion. Thus Noam Chomsky, a noted...
  • The Divine Right of Intellectuals (Review of Thomas Sowell's "Intellectuals and Society")

    01/06/2010 9:22:06 AM PST · by neverdem · 39 replies · 1,543+ views
    National Review Online ^ | January 05, 2010 | David Hogberg
    January 05, 2010, 4:00 a.m. The Divine Right of IntellectualsToo many intellectuals believe they have a duty to make decisions for the rest of us. By David Hogberg In his 1988 book Intellectuals: From Marx and Tolstoy to Sartre and Chomsky, Paul Johnson wrote that one of the lessons of the 20th century was “beware intellectuals. Not merely should they be kept well away from the levers of power, they should also be objects of suspicion when they seek to offer collective advice.”    Not long after Johnson released his book, economist Thomas Sowell appeared on the C-SPAN program...
  • The costs of abstraction - On the intellectual irresponsibility of Soviet sympathizers.

    11/02/2009 12:39:40 AM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 517+ views
    The New Criterion ^ | November 2009 | Anthony Daniels
    One of the most extraordinary episodes in the intellectual history of the twentieth century—if, indeed, something that lasted half a century or more can properly be called an episode—is the moral and sometimes material support given by much of the western intelligentsia to the Soviet tyranny, a tyranny that made all previous tyrannies seem relaxed, liberal, and almost amateurish by comparison. Men who found the slightest circumscription of their own freedom intolerable raised hosannas to the most systematic and concerted abrogation of personal liberty yet attempted; many were those who strained at gnats to swallow a camel.No doubt the explanation...
  • 'Killing Granny'

    09/21/2009 2:12:38 AM PDT · by Scanian · 28 replies · 1,509+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | September 21, 2009 | Cliff Thier
    A virulent moral blindness has seized hold of a substantial slice of America's educated elite. Convinced they know better, they argue for a shallow, illogical, and horrifying vision of people as disposable. I was wrong last week when I declared that Newsweek's cover showing a baby next to a headline declaring that we're all born racist was evidence that the mainstream media had hit bottom and destroyed itself. It was intellectual arrogance on my part that led me to underestimate the determination of Newsweek's editors to find new deeper bottoms to hit.
  • The revolt against the elite

    09/06/2009 2:20:35 AM PDT · by Scanian · 16 replies · 1,493+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | September 06, 2009 | Gary Horne
    The revolt keeps growing, from tea parties to angry town hall meetings across the country, an uprising against the attempts of an elite to force on us an all-powerful State, about as welcome as grandma's cod-liver oil. Examples of revolt go beyond irate callers to radio talk shows. Take for instance the incident at a Frankie Valli concert recently posted on American Thinker, and the disgust and anger in Joe Sheffat's article. Sen. Barbara Boxer encountered it, as did Sen. Claire McCaskill, who made the mistake of asking if she was trusted. The elite seem unable to comprehend that anyone...
  • Repentance for a misspent youth

    08/25/2009 9:57:12 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 15 replies · 1,028+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 8/25/'09 | Jonathan Rosenblum
    The anti-clericalism of the leading Enlightenment thinkers contained within it the potential for a new clericalism more authoritarian and murderous than that which it superseded, with intellectuals as its priests. That the cult of the expert — itself an outgrowth of the Enlightenment's enthroning of human reason above all — should appeal to intellectual elites is unsurprising: It is a form of the revenge of the nerds whose superior qualities were unnoted by the pretty girls in high school. The assumption that "rationality" is a matter easily ascertained, at least by the brainy folks, underlies the preference for centrally planned...
  • The Audacity of Conceit

    07/10/2009 2:28:00 AM PDT · by Scanian · 8 replies · 957+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | July 10, 2009 | Victor Volsky
    Intelligent idiots, smart fools, multi-degreed morons - lots of monikers could describe a category of individuals dismayingly prominent in the ruling elites of the West. They are the people so divorced from reality, so engrossed in bookish pursuits that - for all their undoubted intellectual accomplishments and often as a direct consequence thereof - they invariably end up with egg on their faces whenever they try to engage in practical activities. Worse yet, they idolize each other, sticking up for one another out of class solidarity. Case in point: a few days ago I watched a gathering of noted media...
  • Formerly Useful Idiots

    03/16/2009 2:26:32 AM PDT · by Scanian · 26 replies · 1,487+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | March 16, 2009 | Cliff Thier
    Lenin famously said of liberals in the West that they were "useful idiots." A number of really smart (go ahead, ask them) people endorsed Obama only to find out that they were hoodwinked. He's not the guy they fell in love with. It's the morning after, and they've been forced to confront the fact that he's a fraud. A forgery. In John LeCarre's "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" master spy George Smiley points out that "the more one has paid for a forgery, the more one defends it in the face of all the evidence to the contrary." And, these people...
  • Don’t Confuse Intellect with Intelligence

    01/27/2009 5:36:03 AM PST · by PlainOleAmerican · 27 replies · 913+ views
    America voted to fill the halls of Washington DC government with what they consider to be our nation’s “greatest intellectuals,” political progressives. But they had best not confuse intellect with intelligence, or they will be sadly disappointed by the ignorant decisions already evident in the new Washington elite… (snip) Washington DC Needs a Transfusion of Intelligence We’ve had all the intellect we can afford! I refer to the new generation of intellectuals as the “arrogantly ignorant.” They have no idea what they are talking about, but they are damn sure of themselves, just the same. Today’s example of intellect over...
  • The Center for Public Intellectuals and The University of Illinois-Chicago (Ayers, Dohrn, Obama)

    11/14/2008 9:21:28 AM PST · by ETL · 13 replies · 629+ views
    several sources | several authors
    The Center for Public Intellectuals & The University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) April 19th-20th, 2002, Conference [Participants include: William/Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, Sen Barack Obama] April 19th-20th, 2002 Chicago Illini Union 828 S. Wolcott This conference is part of the Center's mission of helping to create a more engaged civil society, working towards social change, fostering coalitions between theorists and activists, and combating anti-intellectualism in contemporary culture. It will be both a celebration of ideas and a rigorous examination of the roles and responsibilities that intellectuals play in society. I. Why Do Ideas Matter? (a keynote panel) We introduce the “meta”...
  • ‘Intellectuals’ (Thomas Sowell)

    11/10/2008 7:47:23 PM PST · by jazusamo · 103 replies · 503+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | November 11, 2008 | 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...
  • A most unusual question from the old Dick Cavett Show

    10/02/2008 2:17:59 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 43 replies · 876+ views
    Self | 10/2/'08 | Zionist Conspirator
    FReepers have helped me out in the past when I asked about the Frugivores (which I had begun to think only I had ever heard of). Now I'm hoping someone can satisfy my curiosity on a topic both fascinating and gross. Perhaps you remember the old half hour PBS Dick Cavett Show. This is the show where he would spend the time chatting with some intellectual cult figure (eg, Norman Mailer, Richard Gilman, Tennessee Williams, Lillian Hellman, etc.). Back in the old days of Carson and Letterman (when he was really funny) I used to stay up later than I...
  • Obama to lead economic discussion at CMU Thursday (*NOT open to the public*)

    06/24/2008 10:18:35 AM PDT · by steel_resolve · 13 replies · 159+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | By James O'Toole
    Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama will appear at Carnegie Mellon University Thursday, hosting a round-table conversation on competitiveness and the world economy. The morning panel discussion, which will be closed to the public, includes speakers from industry, labor and the academic world.The participants are to include: Lael Brainard, vice president of the Brookings Institution; Eli Broad, founder of the Broad Foundation; Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of Harlem Children's Zone; Steve Case, chairman and CEO of Revolution Health and former chairman and CEO of America Online; Susan Hockfield, president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Federico Pe??a, former U.S....
  • 'Drummers Are Natural Intellectuals'

    04/16/2008 7:00:59 PM PDT · by blam · 77 replies · 113+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-17-2008 | Gary Cleland
    'Drummers are natural intellectuals' By Gary Cleland Last Updated: 1:26am BST 17/04/2008 Drummers are better known for their beats than their brain power, but research has suggested that they might actually be natural intellectuals. Scientists who asked volunteers to keep time with a drumstick before taking intelligence tests discovered that those with the best sense of rhythm also scored highest in the mental assessments. Born smart? The late Keith Moon, drummer with The Who, could have had natural intellect Prof Frederic Ullen, from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, concluded that there was a link between intelligence, good timing and the...
  • From Robespierre to al-Qa’eda: categorical extermination

    03/25/2008 3:34:18 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 11 replies · 429+ views
    CERC ^ | Unk. | PAUL JOHNSON
    An intellectual is someone who thinks ideas matter more than people. If people get in the way of ideas they must be swept aside and, if necessary, put in concentration camps or killed. To intellectuals, individuals as such are not interesting and do not matter. Indeed individualism is a hindrance to the pursuit of ideals in an absolute sense. The individual, with his quirks and quiddities, his mixture of good and bad, intelligence and stupidity, longing for justice but anxiety to promote his own selfish interests, does not fit into a utopian community. Hence utopians, if they are in earnest,...
  • Giant Bones Challenged 18th-Century Intellectuals

    09/29/2007 5:27:14 PM PDT · by blam · 31 replies · 504+ views
    Cincy Post ^ | Dan Hurley
    Giant bones challenged 18th-century intellectuals By Dan Hurley Post columnist Today, the valley is dry, dusty and unremarkable, but 250 years ago it was one of the most fascinating spots ever discovered in the North America. From the very first time in 1739 that local Indians led a contingent of French explorers to the salt licks near the Ohio River in what is today Boone County, Ky., the spot raised intellectually troubling questions. European and American scientists understood the importance of salt licks and why thousands of modern buffalo, deer and elk beat broad paths to the marshy lick, but...
  • Typical adult read 4 books in the past year

    08/22/2007 6:37:29 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 71 replies · 893+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | August 22, 2007 | ALAN FRAM
    WASHINGTON -- There it sits on your nightstand, that book you've meant to read for who knows how long but haven't yet cracked open. Tonight, as you feel its stare from beneath that teetering pile of magazines, know one thing -- you are not alone. An Associated Press-Ipsos poll released Tuesday reveals a nation whose book readers, on the whole, can hardly be called ravenous. The typical person claimed to have read four books in the last year -- half read more and half read fewer. Excluding those who hadn't read any, the usual number read was seven. "I just...
  • Why Intellectuals Like Genocide

    07/02/2007 7:47:36 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 20 replies · 1,675+ views
    Seemingly arcane historical disputes can often cast a powerful light on the state of our collective soul. It is for that reason that I like to read books on obscure subjects: they are often more illuminating than books that at first sight are more immediately relevant to our current situation. For, as Emily Dickinson put it, success in indirection lies. In 2002, the Australian free-lance historian and journalist, Keith Windschuttle, published a book that created a controversy that has still not died down. Entitled ‘The Fabrication of Aboriginal History,’ it sets out to destroy the idea that there had been...
  • Europe's Unemployed Intellectuals

    06/19/2007 11:43:02 AM PDT · by Renfield · 2 replies · 375+ views
    German Joys ^ | 4-13-06 | Andrew Hammel
    A few days ago, I suggested that misfits (meaning clever, unfocussed people who don't find a secure place in society) often develop into pretend entrepreneurs in the U.S., and cited a few examples of people I know in this "line of work." Now to the European version, the unemployed intellectual. Where do they come from? Here's my theory. You're a young Frenchman, somewhat like Mr. Dhelft, who we met a few days ago. You dawdle leisurely through university, studying whatever catches your fancy: art history, Chinese calligraphy, recorder, or (as Mr. Dhelft, and thousands like him, did) sociology. There's no...
  • Moral Purification - Why intellectuals love defeat.

    11/17/2006 9:37:00 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies · 712+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 14, 2006 | JOSH MANCHESTER
    James Carroll, recently writing in the Boston Globe, wondered if America could finally accept defeat in Iraq, and be the better for it, comparing it to Vietnam: But what about the moral question? For all of the anguish felt over the loss of American lives, can we acknowledge that there is something proper in the way that hubristic American power has been thwarted? Can we admit that the loss of honor will not come with how the war ends, because we lost our honor when we began it? This time, can we accept defeat? To be frank, no. In Mr....
  • Age of terror, age of illusions

    09/11/2006 11:44:36 PM PDT · by TheMole · 19 replies · 1,400+ views
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | Saturday, September 09, 2006 | Robert Sibley
    Part One: I remember the anger I felt watching the endlessly repeated images of the towers collapsing. But there's another kind of anger -- a more cerebral one toward the intellectuals of our time who contributed to all that destruction through their hostility toward the mores and traditions of western civilization.Robert Sibley, The Ottawa Citizen Published: Saturday, September 09, 2006 NEW YORK - I still see bodies falling. Standing at my hotel window, overlooking Ground Zero, it's not hard to visualize the flaming towers and the bird-like figures of human bodies plummeting through the air. I especially remember a couple...
  • The hypocrite's halo

    08/21/2006 7:34:06 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 11 replies · 639+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | Monday, August 21, 2006 | By Suzanne Fields
    The hypocrite always wears a halo. He walks in the light of his own goodness, encircled by the clarity of illuminated virtue. His dark secret is hidden from sight so he can enjoy popular applause for his undiminished radiance. So it is with Nobel Prize-winner Gunter Grass, moralist-in-chief of German letters, controller of the German conscience. He demanded that all Germans "come clean" about their past as the only way to atonement. He was the advocate for remembering and taking full responsibility for personal actions. He beat a tin drum to death. So it was stunning news that now, at...
  • Stephen Hawking has a question for you

    07/08/2006 5:43:39 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 210 replies · 3,388+ views
    CNNN ^ | 07-07-2006 | CNN
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Some questions even stump Stephen Hawking. The famed British astrophysicist and best-selling author has turned to Yahoo Answers, a new feature in which anyone can pose a question for fellow Internet users to try to answer. By Friday afternoon, nearly 17,000 Yahoo Inc. users had responded to Hawking. Hawking's question: "In a world that is in chaos politically, socially and environmentally, how can the human race sustain another 100 years?" Some of the answers were short -- "get rid of nuclear weapons" -- and others vague -- "Somehow we will." Many were doubtful: "I don't think...
  • The Ruin of Russian Illusions (Reflections on the 1917 Russian Revolution)

    06/29/2006 12:03:57 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 1 replies · 265+ views
    Berdyaev.com ^ | 1917 | NIKOLAI BERDYAEV
    The catastrophe, termed the Russian Revolution, through all the degradations, tribulations and disappointments, has to lead to a new and better awareness. Such an experience in the life of a people cannot but enrich and sharpen our perceptiveness. But a crisis of soul will have to precede this perceptiveness with a readiness for repentance and humility. The light will be begotten after an inward cleansing and ascesis. This -- is a law of spiritual life. And it is needful to be aware, that all the whole thinking portion of Russian society, that which has esteemed itself as the bearer knowingly...
  • French Intifada: A Clear and Present Danger.

    05/15/2006 11:41:12 AM PDT · by Hillarys nightmare · 16 replies · 808+ views
    CBN News ^ | by CBN News Sr. Reporter Dale Hurd
    CBN.com – PARIS -- 2006 could prove to be a very dangerous year for Europe, especially for France. Jacques Chirac may have thought that opposing America and Israel would keep France safe from terror, but it has not. Christmas Eve 1994, seven years before 9-11, Islamic terrorists from Algeria tried to fly an Airbus into the Eiffel Tower. They were stopped by French commandos at an airport in Marseilles, where the terrorists were waiting on a full load of jet fuel. They had already packed the plane with dynamite. Europe has lived under the threat of Islamic terror far longer...
  • Anti-US mentality blinds liberals to importance of taking on tyrants

    05/01/2006 1:14:03 AM PDT · by CheyennePress · 6 replies · 371+ views
    The Australian ^ | May 1, 2006 | Daniel Finkelstein
    A group of left-wing pundits and intellectuals wants to save the Left from itself, but why bother? asks Daniel Finkelstein SO, anyway, there I was on Monday night in Pinner Synagogue giving a speech alongside my mother, as one does. We were attending a Holocaust remembrance service and my mum was telling her survivor's tale, the story of her life as a young girl. I think I know it pretty well, but whenever I hear it, I always discover something I'd missed or hadn't thought about properly before. And so it proved. We'd got to the bit where my mother...
  • French Intellectual Tells Truth, Faces Consequences

    12/14/2005 3:21:52 PM PST · by Hunden · 10 replies · 724+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 13th December 2005 | Nidra Poller
    In the aftermath of November’s street fighting, French opinion-makers have pounced on an expiatory victim: philosopher Alain Finkielkraut, a man of integrity who seeks to shed light on events as they happen.  His intelligent analysis of, in his words, the “pogrom against the Republic,” [1] conveyed in an interview with two journalists from Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz, has triggered an explosion of intellectual violence against his person, his ideas, his thought process, his very existence. A dishonest patchwork of excerpts from the Haaretz interview, deliberately slanted to make Alain Finkielkraut look like a Le Pen in philosopher’s clothing, was published in the leading French newspaper Le...
  • AOL Polls meet George Orwell

    11/15/2005 4:19:34 AM PST · by George - the Other · 5 replies · 393+ views
    AOL News ^ | 11-14-2005 | America Online
    With critics charging he misled Americans on the war in Iraq, President Bush says, "These baseless attacks send the wrong signal to our troops." Is it right to argue about the reasons for going to war, or should we "put this debate behind us," as the president's national security adviser suggests?