Intellectuals now expect to be the most highly valued people in a society, those with the most prestige and power, those with the greatest rewards. Intellectuals feel entitled to this. But, by and large, a capitalist society does not honor its intellectuals. Ludwig von Mises explains the special resentment of intellectuals, in contrast to workers, by saying they mix socially with successful capitalists and so have them as a salient comparison group and are humiliated by their lesser status. However, even those intellectuals who do not mix socially are similarly resentful, while merely mixing is not enough—the sports and dancing instructors who cater to the rich and have affairs with them are not noticeably anti-capitalist.The whole essay is on target and well worth a read.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
"Why Do Intellectuals Oppose Capitalism?"
That's the title of this essay by the late philosopher Robert Nozick, available over at Libertarianism.org. As Nozick writes: