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Orwell Nailed It

Here’s a letter to the Wall Street Journal:


Lance Morrow is correct: The immunity that politicians and media personalities – and also, let’s acknowledge, professors – too often enjoy from the ill on-the-ground consequences of their actions, words, and flights of theorizing encourages many of these people to behave far more irresponsibly and fanatically than ordinary Americans going about their daily affairs (“Public Life Is Crazy, but Americans Aren’t,” July 28). In turn, as George Orwell succinctly observed, “the intellectuals are more totalitarian in outlook than the common people.”

Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
Martha and Nelson Getchell Chair for the Study of Free Market Capitalism at the Mercatus Center
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030