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Old 12-04-2015, 12:57 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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I just had to look up the definition of intellectual.

An intellectual is a person who engages in critical study, thought, and reflection about the reality of society, and proposes solutions for the normative problems of that society, and, by such discourse in the public sphere, he or she gains authority within the public opinion

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Nah, that's not it. Where is this definition from? This might do as a definition of a public intellectual - someone who is trying to move public opinion or government policy in a definite direction.


An intellectual deals with intellectual pursuits - writing, science, math. Offhand, I'd say Einstein, Oppenheimer, S. Hawking, A. Turing. Theology might qualify as a field, but there don't seem to be any real giants on the horizon. The same for philosophy, although Sartre & B. Russell come to mind. M. Gandhi, perhaps. Solzhenitsyn, maybe. I like Vonnegut's novels & short stories, but he may not have enough firepower for this crowd. Faulkner, maybe.
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Old 12-04-2015, 01:06 PM
 
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It's been awhile since I read one of his books. I'm going off of his columns, which have abandoned his old line libertarian, pro-immigration, pro-drug legalization commitments and into tinfoil hat territory.

All his talk about "process costs" is a great solvent when applied to bad liberal ideas. Oddly, he never sees fit to apply the same mode of logic to whatever right-wing ideas are safely fashionable nowadays.
I've also noticed the change in tone in his columns...particularly after 9/11 and maybe even 4 or 5 years before that.

It's notable however, that lots of right leaning libertarians stopped being "big L" libertarians in favor of being "small l " libertarians or they chucked libertarianism altogether after 9/11 and became mainstream conservative Republicans

After Iraq proved to be disastrous, there seems to be a movement back to libertarianism by some who'd abandoned it.
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Old 12-04-2015, 01:10 PM
 
Location: USA
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Pope John Paul II, Pope Francis.

No one else comes close.
J couldn't stifle my laugh at this one!!
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Old 12-04-2015, 01:10 PM
 
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Both of whom have been consigned to the dust bin of history, where they belong.
Lol...yeah, right.

Chomsky is still giving 'em hell.
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Old 12-04-2015, 01:10 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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Eric Hoffer. Self educated. Never went to college. Worked most of his life as a as a stevedore. George Carlin in his later years after he evolved from being just a comedian.
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Old 12-04-2015, 01:13 PM
 
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J couldn't stifle my laugh at this one!!
You shouldn't stifle it. You should be rolling on the floor in laughter.
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Old 12-04-2015, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Both of whom have been consigned to the dust bin of history, where they belong.
Buckley isn't worthy of a dustbin. He was a pro-Vietnam, pro-McCarthy, pro-Jim Crow, pro-Reaganomics, conservative blowhard. The guy actually advocated nuking Khe Sanh at the height of the Tet Offensive

Buckley is proof that you can be extremely intelligent and extremely dumb at the same time. That's what happens when you hitch your wagon to a bad ideology, like conservatism.
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Old 12-04-2015, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Cheektowaga, NY
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Clock-med from Texas.
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Old 12-04-2015, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Inland Northwest
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Clock-med from Texas.
Ooohh the inventer of Time? Yep, gotta go with this.
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Old 12-04-2015, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Secure Bunker
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Lol...yeah, right.

Chomsky is still giving 'em hell.

Chomsky is an anti-American serial liar. Whatever intellect he once had is completely undermined by his dishonest, kook Leftist 'ideas'.
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