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Smarty PantsPosted Tuesday, January 5, 2010, at 1:24 AM
What you find lacking in many intellectuals, is the common sense to put any real ideas to work.
Dr. Thomas Sowell has just recently published a book called "Intellectuals and Society", as well as a short article under the same title:
"Those whose careers are built on the creation and dissemination of ideas--the intellectuals--have played a role in many societies out of all proportion to their numbers. Whether that role has, on net balance, made those around them better off or worse off is one of the key questions of our times."
I would argue that intellectuals produce nothing, so they must be supported. The greater the intellectual, the more that smarty pants needs to be supported by working folks.
More from Dr. Sowell, "The quick answer is that intellectuals have done both. But certainly, for the 20th century, it is hard to escape the conclusion that intellectuals have on net balance made the world a worse and more dangerous place."
"Scarcely a mass-murdering dictator of the 20th century was without his supporters, admirers or apologists among the leading intellectuals--not only within his own country, but in foreign democracies, where intellectuals were free to say whatever they wanted to."
Right on the beam there Dr. Sowell. Examine how our country, and the Democrat Party, have been hijacked by intellectuals, who sit on a perch and want to dictate to us how to live our lives, because they have read more books than we have.
They glorify each other, and praise each other, then call that self praise and self glory....accomplishments. One academic writes a book, and seven other academics give rave reviews. They do so expecting that their time will come when rave reviews of their own intellectualism will be in order. It's inbred. It's costly, and often times, it leads to destruction.
Dr. Sowell continues..."most of those who promoted the scientific, economic and social advances of the 20th century weren't really intellectuals in the sense in which that term is most often used."
"The Wright brothers, who fulfilled the centuries-old dream of human beings flying, were by no means intellectuals. Nor were those who conquered the scourge of polio and other diseases, or created the electronic marvels that we now take for granted."
That is an excellent point that cannot be over looked. Intellectuals certainly could point out the need for flight. A smarty pants could point out the wonders of fight, even the possibility of flight, but it took brothers, of no real intellectual prowess. Rather they had common sense, and it was common sense that got mankind into the air.
More from Dr. Sowell, "The ideas that Karl Marx created in the 19th century dominated the course of events over wide portions of the world in the 20th century. Whole generations suffered, and millions were killed, as a result of those ideas. This was not Marx's intention, not the intentions of many supporters of Marxian ideas in countries around the world. But it is what happened."
"Some of the most distinguished intellectuals in the Western world in the 1930's gave ringing praise to the Soviet Union, while millions of people there were literally starved to death and vast numbers were being shipped of to slave labor camps."
It may be wise in the days ahead, as the intellectuals hand down their decrees, and demand obedience, to remember that they need us a lot more than we need them.
Truly, if our Congress had more blue collar members, you'd find that they'd be able to actually solve some difficult problems, instead of creating more difficulties.
All these smarty pants intellectuals can do right now, is waste your money, lie to you, and pat each other on the back.
You, Mr and Mrs Blue Collar, you have the solutions to our future, not the egg heads. It takes more than fancy words to do great things.
Think about what I have said here the next time you hear Senator Ben Nelson talk about his deplorable actions in supporting the Health Care Destruction Act. Listen to him speak, and you'll begin to understand that Sen. Nelson thinks you voters are about as smart as a bag of hammers.
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