“Why don’t we love our intellectuals?”

Glenn Reynolds phrased it this way: “Questions Nobody is asking—except the Guardian.” He then says: “Perhaps these recent items from Christopher Hitchens and James Taranto might answer that question.”

I don’t know that Hitchens and Taranto answered the question, but Hitchens’ takedown of Noam Chomsky is fun to read. (Some of the commenters disagree.) Also, it seems to me that, in general, intellectuals are quite sensitive about not being at the center of all things important. Or worse, being ignored completely. I don’t think that’s necessarily anti-intellectualism. Rather, if they have nothing to offer except nonsense, then their irrelevance is deserved.

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