Professional Intellectuals?

Dr. John Lukacs

Dr. John Lukacs

“We have now entered a phase in history when the monopoly over learning and the publication of intelligence have fallen to professional intellectuals―an anomaly, especially in the history of the English-speaking peoples, going against the grain of the nonintellectual genius of their character, and against their traditions of nonspecialization and of common sense (the noun “intellectual,” designating a specific kind of brain-person, became widespread in English only around 1890; like “intelligentsia,” it was a term imported from socialist and Russian usage).  This emergence of a meritocracy whereby distinctions of formal education replace older distinctions of wealth and birth is, contrary to the once optimistic pipe-dreams of nineteenth-century liberals and socialists, a poisonous development.  It is at any rate, typical of our interregnum.” ― Remembered Past; On History, Historians, and Historical Knowledge, by John Lukacs, Chapter I, Page 81, edited by Mark G. Malvasi and Jeffrey O. Nelson, ISI Books, Wilmington, Delaware, © 2005 ISI Books.

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Retired military officer; retired Air Force civil servant; retired executive, DS Information Systems Corporation; writer; researcher; reader and avid yachtsman.
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