In his book Intellectuals and Society, Dr. Thomas Sowell points out that we live in times where intellectuals have quite a bit of influence and he provides an in depth look at and convincingly strips away the veneer of the intellectual class.
According to Sowell, the high point of intellectual influence was the period between the 1960’s and 1980’s. However, intellectuals somewhat regained influence under the Obama Administration. Sowell also had something to say in his book about environmentalists too. He states:
Everything from economic central planning to environmentalism epitomizes the belief that third party elites know best and should be empowered to over-ride the decisions of others.
Nowhere was this more apparent when Paul Ehrlich advocated for policies geared to shrink populations by enforced sterilization based on his irrational claim that the availability of Earth’s resources to feed people would soon plummet due to overpopulation. Worst part about it, Ehrlich still predicts doom is right around the corner despite being very wrong before.
Jordan Peterson also weighed in on intellectuals and the point he makes in the below video beautifully also articulates the problems of not just the environmentalist, but the libertarian, and even Objectivist movements. As a result of the arrogance of their intellects, environmentalist intellectuals have vociferously fought the Trump Administration for its relaxing environmental rules in order to allow more oil and gas drilling.
Libertarian organizations, like the Cato Institute, and the Ayn Rand Institute have turned away from the very culture they seek to influence and change by insisting on open immigration and even trade with dictatorships, like China, because their vision demands it. Pay close attention to what Peterson says about the character in Nietzsche’s book Thus Spoke Zarathustra. There is no relation between being smart and being wise.