“The intellectual worships at the altar of the intelligent”…is another Dennis Prager citing worth memorizing. He reminds us that it is a false worship when intelligence is void of decency and common sense. Almost all of the great evils in the human political experience are perpetrated by the intelligent, most of whom were not intellectuals, however. Neither Stalin nor Hitler, for example, spent much time learning for the love of learning. Stalin early on motioned himself into a priesthood moment, and Hitler was, after all, a struggling artist after his World War I years, but there is no evidence that either entered learning for learning’s sake. Stalin was a thuggish hitman and preferred the gangster life. Hitler fell in love with his Germanness and let Heinrich Himmler solve his racial problems. Nevertheless, the intellectual class worshipped its Comrade in its Red nation, and an intellectual class served its Fuhrer in its Fatherland. “The intellectual worships at the altar of the intelligent.”
It is far too early to make anything of President Obama’s political future, but the graduate student is NOT an intellectual. He is a community organizer, trained by Sol Alinsky.
Let us never forget that countless intellectuals in the United States, Britain, France, and Italy, whereever the “elite meet to eat” in those days, in academia, in the movie industry, in the U.S. State Deparment, where everything is relative, where honesty, decency, and common sense often don’t matter, worked for Stalin’s Comintern, the Al Queda of its day,to replace democracies everywhere with that thug’s view of equality known as the Dictatorship of the Proletariat. A prize winning American correspondent stationed in Moscow throughout the 1930s, the worst years of the Stalin purges, was in Stalin’s pay to write good things about his dictatorship. Which he did.
The reporter worked for the New York Times. The Times and others honored the liar as displaying the highest standards of reporting. Treachery against America is nothing new.