Sunday, May 18, 2008

Things that piss me off: people who condemn intellectuals while doing nothing themselves

It seems to me that a lot of the objection to intellectuals on the Left comes from people whose only contribution to social change is getting tattoos on their forearms and going to punk rock shows.

I would agree about intellectualism having dangers on its own without incorporation into practice if the people making the criticism were actually out there advancing social change in some way, but when it comes from people whose activity is nil it's pretty meaningless. We're about on the same level, I figure.

The difference is that intellectuals are actually trying to understand the world and are trying to break the U.S. culture of hostility towards greater awareness about the past, the present, and other countries, while the people with a lot of tattoos assume that they already get it because....they have tattoos and listen to punk rock.

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