Key Insights From:
Intellectuals: From Marx and Tolstoy to Sartre and Chomsky
By Paul Johnson
- Several centuries ago, a secular priesthood of intellectuals began to replace the traditionally religious elite.
- Rousseau was the first intellectual to systematically deride and exploit the rich through manipulative ingratitude.
- No one has had more of an impact on modern history than Karl Marx.
- Tolstoy found the peasants in his novels to be far more pliable and cooperative than the serfs on his own estate.
- Relying on his verbal grandeloquence, Sartre managed to emotionally subdue and manipulate the twentieth century’s most famous feminist.
- Detachment from the real world has led to an extremism among intellectuals that continues to harm society and politics.