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Joseph Natoli

Joseph Natoli

Joseph P Natoli is a retired college professor and author of numerous books on culture and politics. He is a member of the editorial collective of BAD SUBJECTS, the oldest political online magazine on the web. He writes regularly for a number of political and pop culture online magazines, including SENSES OF CINEMA, BRIGHT LIGHTS FILM JOURNAL, POPMATTERS, AMERICANA, DANDELION SALAD, GODOT, TRUTHOUT

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    Richard Ivans

    INTELLECTUALS (smart people)
    Yep, you liberal progressive socialist “intellectuals” are smarter than us conservatives, libertarians, capitalists, and the framers of our Constitution. Wiser too. LOL

    For example, these ideas of yours are simply brilliant:

    — a living constitution (ie, rule by fiat judges)

    — from each according to his ability to each according to his need (ie, reward sloth, punish productivity)

    — redistribution of wealth (property rights? what are those? ie, that money in your pocket isn’t yours, it is ours)

    — open borders (ie, no walls, because walls exclude when we should include people. Except of course the walls surrounding you right now.)

    — free speech (except of course for people you decide are unscientific, haters, and all the other people you deem wrong and dumb)

    — BIG brother government (ie, the kind that manages everything from everyone’s job and wage to everyone’s weather)

    Yeah, those wise ideas of yours prove that you “intellectual”elite should set the course for America.

    Dumb incompetent people like Donald Trump (creator, owner and manager of a multi-billion dollar multi-national conglomerate) have no business leading the executive branch of our government.

    Instead America should be run by folks with a proven record of managing large complex stuff. Guys like college professors, community organizers, and career politicians. Cause those kind of people know how to get things done, on time and within budget. LOL
    Never confuse intellectuals with experts. Traditionally “intellectuals” hang out in bars and coffee houses, sipping a beverage while discussing philosophy in vague generalities with others whom they agree with.

    Whereas experts constantly interact with others with whom they disagree. Others who also operate with details, nuts and bolts (for example, national debt, GDP, trade deficits, M1, M2, marginal tax rates). Stuff intellectuals don’t understand and have little interest in. Stuff that determines how the world actually works.

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