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Thread: Dr. Sowell Intellectuals and Society

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    Re: Dr. Sowell Intellectuals and Society

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    I agree but I think instead of it being anti-intellectualism, it's more of a critical review of what is considered intellectual thought.
    But it's being done by an intellectual who is doing exactly what he's denouncing.

    Not that I don't agree with him somewhat. One could even say he's proving his own point.
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    Re: Dr. Sowell Intellectuals and Society

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    But it's being done by an intellectual who is doing exactly what he's denouncing.

    Not that I don't agree with him somewhat. One could even say he's proving his own point.
    How else can you do it though?

    The guy at the 7-11, while being entertaining and jolly, most likely couldn't do it.
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    Re: Dr. Sowell Intellectuals and Society

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    How else can you do it though?
    He could have left it to the sociologists.


    The guy at the 7-11, while being entertaining and jolly, most likely couldn't do it.


    I'm assuming you were going for intellectual elitism on purpose here, and if so, BRILLIANTLY Done!
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    Re: Dr. Sowell Intellectuals and Society

    It's no coincidence that Sowell and the conservative Heritage Foundation are so opposed to "intellectuals." This reflects a decade-old bias against professors by conservatives. Interestingly, today's NYT has an article about liberalism among academics, and part of their reputation comes from conservatives themselves. Opposition to intellectuals in government was a trope for mid-century conservatives:
    “Conservatives weren’t just expressing outrage,” Mr. Gross said, “they were also trying to build a conservative identity.” They defined themselves in opposition to the New Deal liberals who occupied the establishment’s precincts. Hence Buckley’s quip in the early 1960s: “I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.”
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    Re: Dr. Sowell Intellectuals and Society

    Quote Originally Posted by Rassales View Post
    It's no coincidence that Sowell and the conservative Heritage Foundation are so opposed to "intellectuals." This reflects a decade-old bias against professors by conservatives. Interestingly, today's NYT has an article about liberalism among academics, and part of their reputation comes from conservatives themselves. Opposition to intellectuals in government was a trope for mid-century conservatives: Professor Is a Label That Leans to the Left - NYTimes.com
    But Sowell is an intellectual and a professor.
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    Re: Dr. Sowell Intellectuals and Society

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    But Sowell is an intellectual and a professor.
    True, but he's a conservative, and that makes it all okay.

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    Re: Dr. Sowell Intellectuals and Society

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    There are ironic points in this. For example, Sowell says "the fatal misstep of intellectuals is assuming that superior ability within a particular realm can be generalized to superior wisdom or morality overall"

    The irony is that Sowell is an economist, but this discussion is about sociology.

    Wait a page before you show the hypocrisy of the OP.
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    Re: Dr. Sowell Intellectuals and Society

    Sowell really wasn't going into much sociology or saying that intellectualism is bad. He was just saying that intellectuals should know their limits. Their not Gods.
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    Re: Dr. Sowell Intellectuals and Society

    Quote Originally Posted by DrunkenAsparagus View Post
    Sowell really wasn't going into much sociology or saying that intellectualism is bad. He was just saying that intellectuals should know their limits. Their not Gods.
    Not much chance of their being mistaken for divine--or even given a chance to do much leading, at least in the US. Why does this message even need to be said, except to bolster the prospects of politicians who clearly AREN'T intellectuals (i.e., the vast majority, particularly on the right)?

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    Re: Dr. Sowell Intellectuals and Society

    Quote Originally Posted by DrunkenAsparagus View Post
    Sowell really wasn't going into much sociology or saying that intellectualism is bad. He was just saying that intellectuals should know their limits. Their not Gods.
    Isn't the book called "Intellectuals and Society"? How's that not going into much sociology?
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