For Intellectuals Only!

For Intellectuals Only!

I understand that today’s blog title could be a little off-putting to some. I imagine that those would be “off-put”, would not likely have the curiosity or the tenacity to listen and think their way through the following long and informative interview with Mark Stein.

Please do not think that I am being a snob with the statement above. Almost anyone can be an “intellectual” if they choose to be so. I like the following definition of an intellectual.

” An intellectual is a person who engages in critical thinking and reading, research, writing and human self-reflection about society” (Wikipedia)

So, if you watch and analyze the content of this entire interview;  consider the merits of its main points and behave accordingly….you are, by definition, an intellectual. 

Sadly, many people have no idea what is happening within their own society, let-alone the world of societies.

This renders their judgment at the ballot box vacant of what is needed to intelligently help guide the successful evolution of their own socioculture.

Perhaps this is one of the reasons that any form of democratic governance is noted to destroy itself in a relatively short period of time, some say around 200 years or so.

In my readings about the fall of the great Roman Empire, I recall that it rose and fell a few times; depending upon the greatness of its leadership; before it finally collapsed to a mere shadow of its former self.

I fear that I have seen a similar pattern in the history of the U.S.  Our great leaders that I have on my, likely incomplete, list are Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Jackson Teddy Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, JFK, Reagan, and now Trump. All dedicated to winning, or preserving, the unparalleled uniqueness, vigor and substance of the American traditional psyche.

It is critical that you carefully consider the interview below and then…behave accordingly.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 5/25/20


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