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Intellectual Morons

Publisher: Crown Forum • 2004 • 304 pages

Why do well-educated antiwar activists argue that the U.S. government orchestrated the September 11 attacks, and is on the way to replicating the horrors of Nazi Germany? How can Al Gore really believe that cars pose “a mortal threat to the security of every nations”? How can Yale professor Lamont Cole assert with a straight face that “to feed a starving child is to exacerbate the world population problem”? Why does the Princeton professor known as the father of the animal rights movement object to humans eating animals but not to humans having sex with them — and why does PETA defend that position?

It is startling how many Americans — and particularly how many among the Leftist media, academic, and political elites — fall for cockamamie ideas that a child can see through. The trouble is, their lies become institutionalized as truth, and we all suffer as a result. Why are liberals such easy prey for stupid ideas? Daniel J. Flynn reveals the answer in “Intellectual Morons.”

Flynn, author of “Why the Left Hates America,” shows how people (mostly Leftists, but also a few on the Right) can be so blinded to reality by the causes they serve that they espouse bizarre, sometimes ridiculous, and often dangerous positions. Even the most influential social movements have spawned ideologues who don’t care whether an idea is good or bad, true or false — but only whether it can serve their cause.

In Intellectual Morons, Flynn catalogues an amazing number of jaw-dropping lapses in common sense from even our most celebrated liberal opinion leaders. This book is a welcome reality check for the glaring excesses of what passes today for intellectual analysis among Leftists.

Stupid ideas put forth by liars, hypocrites, and perverts — and their harmful consequences:

  • How abortion rights activists ignore (or cover up) the fact that their matron saint advocated eugenics and concentration camps
  • The university professor who claims that Beethoven’s music perpetuates rape
  • The environmental movement: spawned by a “scientist” whose doomsday predictions are almost always wrong
  • How the hero of the animal rights crowd is a crank who promotes infanticide and euthanasia
  • The respected animal rights activist and professor who actually compared barnyard conditions for animals to concentration camps for humans
  • The sexual revolution: launched by Alfred Kinsey, a scientific fraud — and pervert
  • How the banning of DDT has led to the deaths of millions (plus other disastrous effects of kowtowing to environmentalist fearmongering)
  • How historians and journalists have airbrushed history to turn a racial separatist into a civil rights icon
  • How the founder of Planned Parenthood actually condemned abortion repeatedly in public forums — while privately helping to provide it
  • How the Kinsey Reports contains clear evidence that children were molested in order to provide data for their findings
  • The history textbook, vastly popular among American liberals, that pushes watered-down Marxism and smears the Founding Fathers as motivated by greed
  • W. E. B. Du Bois: the unsavory truth about this civil rights hero’s involvement with Communist ideologues who actually opposed his stated principles
  • The fifty-year delusion: why liberals continue to believe, against a growing mountain of evidence, that Alger Hiss was not in fact a Communist spy
  • Gore Vidal’s paranoid fantasies and evidence-free “analyses” of how U.S. officials were involved in 9/11 and the Oklahoma City bombing in order to increase government power
  • How rabid anti-Americans today simply parrot the delusional claims of a few whacked-out Leftist gurus
  • The “uncontrollable hysteria and physical violence” that marked the behavior of a revered feminist icon
  • How Alfred Kinsey used child molesters, including a former member of the Nazi SS, to gather the data about sex he used to help break down society’s mores
  • The bizarre private and public life of intellectual cult figure Ayn Rand
  • The icon of the Left who praised Hitler’s Germany as a prosperous, orderly, efficient, and peaceful place
  • Betty Friedan: how she distorted and covered up inconvenient facts about her personal life when writing The Feminine Mystique
  • Noam Chomsky: apologist for the Khmer Rouge, champion of Fidel, predictor of American-led genocide in Afghanistan — and still the world’s most cited scholar
  • The state-funded Massachusetts conference that instructed high school students how to engage in a variety of sexual perversions
  • Leo Strauss: his bizarre numerological “key” for understanding philosophy – and his baneful influence in high places
  • How the picture of Alfred Kinsey that has been passed on by college texts and popular historians is the polar opposite of the truth
  • Kinsey: how he sought out homosexuals and other sexual deviants for his studies of sex, both to confirm his predrawn conclusions and to provide himself with sexual liaisons
  • The respected animal rights theorist who declared: “Human beings, as a species, have no more value than slugs” — and the Greenpeace founder who believes that “earthworms are far more valuable than people”
  • Eight absurd and erroneous predictions made by Paul Ehrlich, the author of The Population Bomb (which didn’t stop the book from having enormous influence over liberal policymakers)
  • The entire philosophical school, beloved and revered by liberals, that glorifies inconsistency and incoherence
  • The New York college that actually boasts an Alger Hiss Professor of Social Studies

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