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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

A Case For Non-Intellectual Populism

A government of experts and intellectuals is seldom good for the people—the experience of the twentieth century shows that such governments lead to economic decline, and if things gets out of control then to a cataclysmic bloodbath. I would prefer a government of populists and non-intellectuals—such a government is generally closer to reality; it is less likely to get carried away by utopian agendas and make colossal mistakes. I like Donald Trump because he seems like a total populist and non-intellectual. In Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, the character called Ivan says to his brother Alyosha: “The stupider one is, the closer one is to reality. The stupider one is, the clearer one is. Stupidity is brief and artless, while intelligence wriggles and hides itself. Intelligence is a knave, but stupidity is honest and straightforward.”

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