1) However this is not really the case with people offering advice on how to deal and manipulate govt apparatus...i.e. subsidized or wanna be subsidized political intellectuals / acamedicians. If these people offer ideas for use in manipulating the lives of millions upon millions of people from their office - I would imagine the consequences for failure ought to be severe.
2) If an acamedician is subsidized b the government it ought be required for his donations and political affiliations to be transparant - particualrly in any subject that deals with society. Furthermore if he is registered to a political party and is, for example, and historian - he should only write the Republican/Democrat/etc view of history.
The left ought to be more than happy with such a proposal as it shows how we love diverse narratives
When the Ancient Romans commisioned a bridge for the city via public money, they made sure the engineer slept and lived under the bridge for a month
"As in a kaleidoscope, the constellation of forces operating in the system as a whole is ever changing." - Ludwig Lachmann
"When A Man Dies A World Goes Out of Existence" - GLS Shackle
I liked your previous avatar.
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It's easy to refute an argument if you first misrepresent it. William Keizer
You could have just posted the link to Sowell's book or an interview
Thomas Sowell on Intellectuals and Society
Thomas Sowell on the second edition of Intellectuals and Society
Williams with Sowell - Academic Intellectuals
Wow, good job - kind of makes my post obsolete.. I was actually thinking of Hayek who Sowell seems to be chaneling. It's interesting thinking about knowledge and not calculation for a change.
While I don't read much Sowell, from what I can gather - he is the best economist who is a populizer of market ideas. It's pretty cool he has a book focused on intellectualism.
I had two or three previous avatars, so I'm not too sure which one you are refering. I was thinking of switching back to one of them or something new soon anyway. I only like to keep St Max out in short spurts.
Anyway, as it is way off topic and a bit non sequiter - if you would like the names or authors of any of the previous portraits send me a PM and I'll let you know what they were.
Yeah. It's like every decision you make, there is surely consequences you'll face.
Yes prevalent ideas are highly relevant. So please continue people. Investigate the role of ideas in action and also how they are formented, changed, upheld etc.
Here Gramsci, Plato and a few others come to mind.
I guess I should buy some books by Sowell.