Intelligent Without Being Smart

Its hard to believe these kids at top schools can be so credulous, except that I attended an Ivy League school and saw many such dopes in action.  But even given that preparation, I still can't get over the feeling that this is some kind of elaborate performance art rather than an real effort.  If it's real, it does reinforce all my stereotypes about Brown, however.


  1. Evil Red Scandi:

    In other news, did you know the word "gullible" is not in the dictionary?

  2. DirtCrashr:

    Fellow travelers like to party with dictators of all kinds.

  3. Mesa Econoguy:

    Saw the same thing.

    Several of my idiots now work for the Obamalini administration.

  4. mahtso:

    I’m a little pressed for time and did not read the full article. Question: was Ray Suarez on the trip?

  5. John Hudock:

    Theodore Dalrymple wrote a superb book in the late 80's (under his real name Anthony Daniels) called Utopias Elsewhere: Travels in a Vanishing World, where he describes his travels to various commie hellholes usually with groups of committed student socialists. Included is his trip to N. Korea where he describes numerous bizarre scenes as the group of useful idiots, er, students he was with go on about how wonderful everything is as they are shown one Potemkin village after another by their NK minders. My favorite is a visit to a department store, where no one but Daniels notices that the same people keep coming back to the end of the 'lines of customers', make their way to the front, leave the store and are back on the lines after a short while.

  6. MJ:

    I had not known about Jan Myrdal before. His parents must have been deeply ashamed.

  7. MJ:

    Apparently, one of the students commemorated the trip with a video.

  8. IgotBupkis:

    As I have commented before, even recently, here -- Intellect is not Wisdom. To get into Brown, you must be smart, you need not be wise.

    As we can see, this demonstrates the truth of Alexander Pope's witicism:

    Sir, I admit your gen'ral rule,
    that every poet is a fool;
    but you yourself may serve to show it,
    that every fool is not a poet.

    - Alexander Pope -