Intellectuals

“George Orwell said that some ideas are so foolish that only an intellectual could believe them, for no ordinary man could be such a fool. The record of twentieth century intellectuals was especially appalling in this regard. Scarcely a mass-murdering dictator of the twentieth century was without his intellectual supporters, not simply in his own country, but also in foreign democracies, where people were free to say whatever they wished.  Lenin, Stalin, Mao and Hitler all had their admirers, defenders and apologists  among the intelligentsia in Western democratic nations, despite the fact that these dictators each ended up killing people of their own county on a scale unprecedented even by despotic regimes that preceded them.”

– T. Sowell, “Intellectuals and society”

 

 

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