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Thomas Sowell On the Vulgar Pride of Intellectuals by The Elephant's Child

Peter Robinson talks to economist Thomas Sowell about his book “Intellectuals and Society.” Robinson and Sowell discuss the fact that intellectuals play a disproportionate role in society, as evidenced by linguist Noam Chomsky’s influence on liberal politics. Is a fancy education a high speed rail ticket to fallacy? Find out as Professor Sowell discusses the pride and fallacies of the intellectuals, in addition to the unused brilliance of the masses.

This is not a new video from Uncommon Knowledge, but still very appropriate, particularly with the peculiar events on our college campuses, what they are being taught, and the administrative reactions (or surrender) to students remarkable demands.

Thomas Sowell PhD, on Uncommon Knowledge: Common Sense and Clarity. by The Elephant's Child

Tom Sowell has a marvelous skill in bringing economics down to the personal human world, or what you might call the common sense end of things. Peter Robinson is a marvelous host and asks great questions. This is one of the best of the Uncommon Knowledge interviews ever. Make time for it when you can.

Uncommon Knowledge’s Guest is John Podhoretz. by The Elephant's Child

This past week’s guest on Uncommon Knowledge has been John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary Magazine.  Mr. Podhoretz begins with a defense of political combat — the necessity for public debate — proceeds to the danger of the pursuit of normalcy, a lesser global role for the United States, to the deteriorating U.S. Israel relationship.

He goes on to address the Iran question, and the very real threat of an Iranian nuclear weapon, and in that context why Obama was able to secure the Jewish vote — and why he may not be able to keep it.

If you have not watched the Uncommon Knowledge videos before, each is roughly 7 minutes long, or one a day for a week.  The host is Peter Robinson of the Hoover Institution, who is a wonderful and provocative interviewer who leads a conversation that provides uncommon knowledge indeed.

Previous interviewees are Fouad Ajami, Mark Steyn, Victor Davis Hanson and John Arquilla on the U.S. military and contemporary global challenges, and many more, all available at the NRO website.  They are well worth your time.

Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall! by The Elephant's Child
November 10, 2009, 2:15 am
Filed under: Europe, Freedom, History, Politics | Tags: , ,

Germany today celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, the reunification of East and West Germany that resulted, and the collapse of Communism.  It was a big day for the Germans, and they have been celebrating for some time.  The leaders of all the Western Democracies were there.

The United States sent a delegation headed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  President Obama did not attend.  He sent a video of himself, noting that Jack Kennedy once spoke at the Brandenburg Gate, and that he, Obama,  was the first African-American President of the United States. Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Pope John-Paul, Helmut Kohl and all the people who had a real part in bringing the wall down, were not mentioned.

Power Line has printed an excerpt from Peter Robinson’s memoir How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life.  Robinson was the speechwriter assigned to write the Brandenburg Gate address and the excerpt is an account of how the speech came about.

The usual liberal pieces have appeared on schedule today, noting all the world’s walls.  The Israeli wall, the wall between the U.S. and Mexico — supposedly comparable. What they never seem to grasp are the differences.  The Berlin Wall was constructed to keep the German people in East Germany in. It was a prison wall, tall— with barbed wire, watch towers, floodlights armed guards and machine guns — to keep desperate citizens from escaping to freedom.

And the idea that communism killed over 100 million of their own people has been conveniently assigned to the memory hole.

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