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The folly of the intellectuals | Spectator USA

The folly of the intellectuals | Spectator USA

A holds that ‘there’s no fool like an old fool.’ But the emergence of totalitarian ideologies like fascism, communism and Islamism aroundWorld War One means this saying needs be amended to ‘There’s no fool like an intellectual fool.’An intellectual is someone engaged in the world of ideas; who reads and writes for a living; who turns facts into theories.  defined him as ‘someone who interferes in what does not concern him’. Cute that, but intellectuals overwhelmingly criticize their own societies, something that provides a useful function in autocracies but has an insidious impact in...

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