Thursday, June 16th, 2005

Intellectuals can be pretty dumb…


…which I think comes from living in the hermetically sealed confines of academia for decades at a time. Here’s a good example; eminent beret-wearing philisophe Michel Foucalt apparently thought the Iranian revolution in 1979 was a fine bit of business.

This seems odd; you’d think such obviously smart people would be able to to figure out that governments founded on slapping people around who disagree with them is fundamentally bad, whether it’s Islamic radicalism, communism or a paid vacation in Gitmo. But I think the dirty little secret of a lot of intellectuals is that, deep down, they think if only people did things the way their obviously brilliant smartypants overlords wanted, the world would be a utopia. That didn’t work out too well in Russia (or anywhere else for that matter) but that doesn’t stop them.

At least now most intellectuals have been squared away in the blog-ghettoes, where they won’t do any harm. 🙂

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

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