Friday, September 2, 2005

Why your professors are communists

Here's President of the Czech Republic Václav Klaus:

The question is what kind of ideas is favoured by the intellectuals. The question is whether the intellectuals are neutral in their choice of ideas with which they are ready to deal with. Hayek argued that they are not. They do not hold or try to spread all kinds of ideas. They have very clear and, in some respect, very understandable preferences for some of them. They prefer ideas, which give them jobs and income and which enhance their power and prestige.

They, therefore, look for ideas with specific characteristics. They look for ideas, which enhance the role of the state because the state is usually their main employer, sponsor or donator.
HT Kate. Be sure to read the whole thing; Klaus is just an opening motif.

1 Comment:

qwerty said...

Amazing essay, some of Kate's best work.