Today’s post is at Pajamas Media: Intellectuals by Thomas Sowell is reviewed.
David Hume said, “A rule, which, in speculation, may seem the most advantageous to society, may yet be found, in practice, totally pernicious and destructive.”
An intellectual is a person who falls so in love with a speculative theory that they are blind to the practical effects of that theory.
It is not the theory that is the problem, for they are legion. But it is love. Love turns butt-ugly into beautiful. Love creates the desire to protect and defend.
There are no known means by which we can talk a somebody out of love. Worse, the more you try, the more blind the victim becomes.
Thus, the most effective manner of dealing with the love-stricken is to ignore him completely. And by “completely”, I mean completely.