Steyn: The Stupidity of Sophisticates

Last week, I swung by the Bill Bennett show to chew over the news of the hour. A few minutes before my grand entrance, one of Bill’s listeners had taken issue with the idea that these Supreme Court decisions weren’t the end and, if you just got on with your life and tended to your garden, things wouldn’t be so bad…

  • Alain

    An excellent post and thanks for posting it here.

  • Jan Morrissy

    That was a wonderful read, as usual with Mark Steyn. Thanks for the reminder to read him daily, to keep things in perspective 🙂

  • Are these people true sophisticates if they know nothing of history let alone how they are repeating it?

    That would be my only quibble with Mr. Steyn’s argument, IF a quibble could be made.

    • simus1

      They are ignorant lumps of crap who have somehow failed to discover and understand that an “education” in which they have been previously assured they are cutting edge high value truffles was not exactly correct.

      • It wasn’t an education but procrastination before entering the real world.

        They have yet to learn.

    • They are very stupid sophisticates. Stupid and evil.

      • Not sophisticates at all but pretend ones.

        • Justin St.Denis

          I think the word “sophisticated” shares the same root as the word “sophistry”. A sophistry is a falsehood, or is based on a falsehood. Hence, “sophisticated” originally was meant to refer to those who project the veneer of education, not actual education and knowledge. “Sophisticates” are by definition shallow and ill-informed (frequently outright stupid). I have always felt a particular loathing for people who actually describe themselves as “sophisticated”, because they usually are – in the true sense of the word.

          • Alain

            You are correct and it was in its true sense that Mark used it.

          • If one were to study the exact origin of the word, then, yes, the veneer of knowledge is quite thin. As it is popularly used, then, no.

            How humiliating it must be for the left to know that they are as informed and intelligent as the rednecks they so despise. Rather, the rednecks, despite their lack of Ivy League erudition, are more knowledgeable than the spiteful left who fear that their own lack of knowledge may be discovered.

          • Justin St.Denis

            Their lack of knowledge is immediately recognized by reasonable people everywhere. Unfortunately, there is no diploma program called Being Reasonable. As a matter of fact, it is a miracle that anyone emerges from a university with their reasonable mind intact. Being reasonable and understanding reality are precisely NOT the domains of the contemporary university. I have come to the conclusion that university is where lies are learned now.

          • If one is reasonable, it is highly unlikely that one gets through universities as they are.

    • canminuteman

      Self proclaimed sophisticates.

  • Jabberwokk

    I find the comparison’s haunting and depressing because of how true they ring.

    “I am absolutely convinced that the gas chambers
    of Auschwitz, Treblinka, and Maidanek were ultimately prepared not in
    some Ministry or other in Berlin, but rather at the desks and in the
    lecture halls of nihilistic scientists and philosophers.”

    -Viktor Frankl, Holocaust Survivor

    • Rings true.

    • k1992

      Nietzsche – such a sickly, pathetic, little man, but he sure caused a lot of trouble.

      • Jabberwokk

        He was the first to coin the term “Values”. His Ghost haunts us still.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    This was written in 1934 and is here sung by the composer.