Intellectual Yet Idiot

From ZeroHedge comes this Nassim Taleb quote.

The IYI pathologizes others for doing things he doesn’t understand without ever realizing it is his understanding that may be limited. He thinks people should act according to their best interests and he knows their interests, particularly if they are “red necks” or English non-crisp-vowel class who voted for Brexit. When Plebeians do something that makes sense to them, but not to him, the IYI uses the term “uneducated”. What we generally call participation in the political process, he calls by two distinct designations: “democracy” when it fits the IYI, and “populism” when the plebeians dare voting in a way that contradicts his preferences. While rich people believe in one tax dollar one vote, more humanistic ones in one man one vote, Monsanto in one lobbyist one vote, the IYI believes in one Ivy League degree one-vote, with some equivalence for foreign elite schools, and PhDs as these are needed in the club.”

Yep. Pretty much.  Those on the left celebrate diversity, as long as it means different flavors of leftism. They celebrate tolerance, as long as it’s the right tolerating the left. They celebrate inclusion, as long as it means including the left. They can gloat and say “I won!”, but the right is asked to “play nice” when they win. The left calls for free speech, as long as it is left-wing speech. The left calls for “safe spaces” for themselves, but also demand access to anyplace someone on the right wishes to be left alone in peace. The left calls their opponents bigoted, deplorable, hate-filled, narrow-minded, etc., but that’s just projection; they are blinded by their own bigotry, hate, and narrow-minded view of things.

But frankly, I don’t expect there to be a lot of self-reflection by those on the left; I expect tantrums, tears, and terrorism. They think “the public” is wrong; they will miss the warning the deplorable masses are sending them that it’s the elites that are going the wrong way.

4 thoughts on “Intellectual Yet Idiot

  1. “Those on the left celebrate diversity, as long as it means different flavors of leftism.”

    They would embrace a Trump victory then.

    It’s an excellent post, but don’t forget that the 1930s Fascists opposed the National Socialists for a while, and then they got together, along with the Jap Imperialists, to fight the communists which had allied with the Progressives.

    No, Young Grasshopper; Leftist, communists and jihadis don’t despise Trump because he’s a conservative/libertarian patriot who loves and upholds the American Principles of Liberty and Equality. They despise him as representing a competing leftist faction, and they’re frightened because he’s not an appeaser.

    Scanning the reports of the various frightened and depressed leftists, one thing stuck out like a sore thumb;
    The Progressive/communist left, both here and in Europe, are extreme appeasers toward Islamic jihad. They openly acknowledge a rising tide of Islamic violence, but preach to others never to repeat it or to think about doing anything about it other than appease and even welcome it.

    And so far as any articulated or semi-articulated policy differences, the lack of the appearance of appeasement is the primary significant difference between Trump and Hillary. Secondary is Trump’s talk about international trade.

    Again and again; it’s the difference between National Socialism and communism and as history tells us; although they are only superficial differences between what amount to different crime gangs, those within the gangs will find more than enough to hate each other and fight over.

    One of the worst outcomes would be for them to settle their differences and work together. Unfortunately, the Republicans and the Democrats may have done just that some time ago. I am certain that a lot of the rancor between them is an act.

    • Most of the pro-Clinton/anti-Trump people I know do not oppose Trump, but rather the media caricature of the man.

      Yes, the Evil Party and the Stupid Party are just two branches of a bifactional ruling “elite” extortion racket who split the loot after each election, while each publicly derides the other. A bad cop / good cop routine, where they alternately work together against the people and stab each other in the back to keep the problems festering so they can “work together to find solutions.”

      WikiLeaks email show the DNC conspired with Hillary to steal the nomination from Bernie.

      WikiLeaks email show a DNC strategy session about how to help get the “easy to beat” Trump to be the Republican nominee.

      The DNC isn’t calling loudly for recounts in the close races they lost – could it be they really don’t want the tally to be closely examined, because the margin of victory was larger than the margin of fraud?

      Trump isn’t the second coming. But he’s got a huge searchlight and things will be brought into the light of day.

      • Agreed.

        On the note of the “second coming”; Michael Savage started his show today by playing a hallelujah choir. He later used the term, National “Salvation” in reference to Trump.

        This echoes some of the media pundits after Obama won in ’08, using the term, “Our Lord and Savior” to refer to BHO.

        As long as any significant number of Americans think along these lines (putting politicians up on a pedestal as though they’re our hope and salvation, whether they use the actual words or not), we’re pretty much in deep shit.

        It’s good to look for salvation, but not in people, places or things– That’ll only end in much weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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