If Intellectual Elites Can’t Find a Crisis They’ll Make One to Get the Power They Crave

A crisis is not an unplanned event for intellectual elites, but an opportunity and a necessary ingredient for the kinds of social change that the people would never tolerate otherwise. Bill Whittle shows how an old Thomas Sowell quote explains the government reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic.

HERE’S THE QUOTE:

“There’s something Eric Hoffer said: ‘Intellectuals cannot operate at room temperature.’ There always has to be a crisis — some terrible reason why their superior wisdom and virtue must be imposed on the unthinking masses. It doesn’t matter what the crises is. A hundred years ago, it was eugenics. At the time of the first Earth Day, a generation ago, the big scare was global cooling — a big ice age. They go from one to the other. It meets their psychological needs and gives them a reason for exercising their power.”

— Thomas Sowell

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