Note on links
Here is a quotation about the intelligentsia from Dagobert Runes's "Handbook
of Reason" (*) that is relevant to quite a few things I
wrote about the decline of
treason of the intellectuals, the situation
around ME, the inequality of men, and more.
For the moment - having ME - I'll
just give the quotation with added links to files on my site, and a note on
the last sentence of it after it.
It is amazing how many most
reputable scientists, scholars and literati have accepted as blessings
horrible misdeeds perpetrated by men in power. For instance, the eminent
philosopher Martin Heidegger extolled
Hitler as the godlike spiritual leader of European civilization; Jean Paul
Sartre whitewashed all, but all, of
deeds; Saint Augustine demanded enslavement of all Jews because their
ancestors rejected Jesus; Thomas Aquinas concurred. The renowned composer
Richard Strauss and the dramatist Gerhart Hauptmann considered it a privilege
to serve in Hitler's Chambers of Culture; the Italian philosopher Giovanni
Gentile based his political theories on "Mussolini, giant among men."
Scientists, artists, writers have grovelled before the
dictators of the century. China's educators to a man adopted Mao's
Quotations as the sole and supreme principle of all pedagogy; indeed it
was and still is impossible to attend any cultural gathering in China without
hearing the Quotations flaunted by speaker as well as audience.
Where is the integrity and self-respect
of the intellectuals if so many kowtow to so few?
What good is a
briliant mind if it care little for who will prevail, Lucifer or Gabriel?
Indifference is perhaps the most deplorable failing of man. All about us we
see callous genius and masters of technology in the well-rewarded service of
despots, helping to confuse the average man with
devious propaganda, painting the devil white and the angel black. (p.
The problem is especially the treason of
many intellectuals, who gave up the search for truth for the sake of the
rewards of serving the authorities of some state, party or religion, and
the quotation is quite apt, but personally I do not so
much "see callous genius" all around me, as hundredth and thousandth rate
corrupt and callous phony intellectuals
prospering as loyal bureaucratic servants of the state.
And what is particularly disappointing is that this is the dominant
tendency everywhere, also in nominally free, nominally democratic societies:
The majority of the nominal intelligentsia everywhere tends to serve the
powers that be for reasons of self-interest rather than speak or search for
P.S. The bold underlined links are in English,
the underlined links in Dutch.
(*) Dagobert Runes, "Handbook of Reason", Philosophical
Library Inc., New York 1972. SBN 8022-2078-9 Lib of Congr Card Nr 79-181331.
(**) By "intelligentsia" I mean "the higher educated,
especially those who graduated from some university". These days it is no
longer necessary that members of the intelligentsia are truly intelligent or
interested in science, and indeed in many so called sciences it is very
helpful for one's career and standing if one is not particularly
intelligent as long as one is a
1988, when I wrote about it and
published it, the average IQ of the students of the University of
Amsterdam was 115; these days, when the standards are again lower as is the
level of education, the IQ is very probably again considerably lower.
If one questioned the wisdom of
this - a university diploma still is a formal qualification for
positions of power and influence - one
was removed from the University of Amsterdam for being "a fascist".
happened to me.