The Oikophobic Will to Power

After reading an essay by Daniel Mahoney, the dubious doctor considers the disgraceful and pathological tendency to self-hatred on the part of many Western “intellectuals.” Read it over at Law & Liberty.

To this, I should tentatively reply that it is because of the mass intellectualization of society consequent upon the spread of tertiary education. Intellectuals have an inherent tendency to be oppositional to all received opinion or feeling, for there is no point in going to the trouble of being an intellectual if one ends up thinking and feeling what the great mass of the people around one think and feel. Love of country and inherited custom is so commonplace as to appear almost normal or natural, and much of it, of course, is unreflecting.

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