>>Thomas Sowell speaking of his book “Intellectuals and Society”.
Posted January 13, 2010on:
Dr. Thomas Sowell has been one of my absolute favorite super intelligent individuals. I will not refer to him as an “intellectual” because his contempt for intellectuals, or the intelligentsia as I sometimes call them, as mine. He is all about simple common sense. Or in his case, a highly educated common sense.
Thomas Sowell introduces his new book Intellectuals and Society and expounds on what he calls “the fatal misstep of intellectuals” — the assumption that superior ability within a particular realm can be generalized as superior wisdom or morality overall.
He offers examples of these missteps in areas as divergent as economics, the environment, and national defense. Finally, he warns us to resist the influence of intellectuals and points out that the demand for public intellectuals is largely manufactured by the public intellectuals themselves.
Ironically, the Obama administration is made up of intellectuals. BB