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Archive of posts published in the tag: Letters to a Young Contrarian

The Need for Intellectual Heat

A map of the world that does not include Utopia, said Oscar Wilde, is not worth glancing at. A noble sentiment, and a good thrust at the Gradgrinds and utilitarians.  Bear in mind that Utopia itself was a tyranny and

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Forming Opinion

Many are the works of genius that would have been incinerated if a roll of opinion had been called. I am sure you have had the experience of making up your own mind and then discovering, on the evening news

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The Origin of the Intellectual

The trial of Alfred Dreyfus in France in 1895 was a pivotal event.  Dreyfus was a Jewish captain in the French military, accused of selling military secrets to the Germans. He was tried and convicted. Rumors that he had been

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