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by Thomas Sowell
14 February 2010

Thomas Sowell introduces his new book Intellectuals and Society and expounds on what he calls “the fatal misstep of intellectuals” — the assumption that superior ability within a particular realm can be generalized as superior wisdom or morality overall.

He offers examples of these missteps in areas as divergent as economics, the environment, and national defense. Finally, he warns us to resist the influence of intellectuals and points out that the demand for public intellectuals is largely manufactured by the public intellectuals themselves.

Thomas Sowell is the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution.

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