The courtier intellectuals

“Some of these courtier intellectuals imagine that they’re formulating timeless ideas. They are too conceited and provincial to understand that they’re just pandering to the powers that be. They’re buttressing the system, which also rewards them handsomely. They’re bought and paid for, morally and financially.” -- Claes Ryn, A Desperate Man, pp. 289-290

Here I give a shout out to Ezra Klein and Matthew Yglesias!


  1. Not nearly as much as Heritage and American Enterprise though.

  2. By the way, Yglesias was one of the mainstream journalists I heard making a serious attempt to understand the causes of the Trump phenomenon. I'd give him credit for that.


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