"No religion is true, but some religion, any religion, is politically necessary. Law and morality are insufficient for the large majority of men. Obedience to the law and to the morals are insufficient for making men happy. […]Law and morality are therefore in need of being supplemented by divine rewards and punishments."
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
"God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."
-C G Jung
Academia is not pragmatic? Applied science.
We cant merely assume that the professor in a typical Ivy league setting is any more or less 'intelligent' than Joe Six Pack. At best, we can assume they have been presented academic opportunities in a very specific field of study and capitalized on it in a purely academic setting. Whether that knowledge and experience translates to practical use or the ability to govern...thats a helluva stretch.
Its not a knock on academics. I have an uncle who is an engineer. Dood cant carry on a conversation with common folk...thinks on a different plane...think a less geeky version of the Sheldon character from The Big Bang Theory. A close in-law was a literal rocket scientist. Couldnt fix a car, change oil, repair anything around the house and frankly wasnt blessed with 'common sense'. At the same time...one of the smartest men I know is a blue collar machinist.
Picking one or the other is rather silly IMO. I'd bet we could find 535 intelligent and qualified academics. I'm also certain we could find 535 average Joes.
My experience has been that many business types who are successful - as in making s***loads of money - have exactly the problem mentioned. Never understood how someone who made his fortune in manufacturing one rather specific item thought that his experience made him someone to listen to in a totally unrelated field. Simply because you have been successful in managing an urban area property company does not mean you have some innate ability to fly small planes or skipper a yacht but I run into such idiots on a weekly basis.
Naturally, the same criteria should be applied to those professorial types who can waffle on and on about string theory or the geology of the Alberta tar sands while holding zero concept of the difficulties involved in political manoeuvring with opponents in some legislative body.
“And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in shewing that religion & Govt will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.”
~ James Madison, letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822
I love the NSA. It's like having a secret fan-base you will never see, but they're there, watching everything you write and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside knowing that I may be some person's only form of unconstitutional entertainment one night.
Academentia is not the intelligentsia. Its inmates are more like the corrupt and totalitarian cardinals of the Middle Ages and Spanish Inquisition, as opposed to saints such as Thomas Aquinas, Francis of Assisi and Joan of Arc. They spend their formative years in unnatural living conditions, always isolated from reality. The resulting pathetic and passive personalities lead them to conform to seductive but simplistic fads. After years of this mental rape room, the academented wind up narrow-minded, intolerant, and stubbornly resistant to changing when results don't come out the way their theories tell them they should.
On the outside, trickling down on the insiders.
We won't live free until the 1% live in fear.
Hey, richboys! Imagine the boot of democracy stomping on your faces, forever.