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November 21st, 2004

"Intellectual fascism -- in accordance with the above definition -- is the arbitrary belief that individuals possessing certain traits (such as those who are intelligent, cultured, artistic, creative, or achieving) are intrinsically superior to individuals possessing certain other traits (such as those who are stupid, uncultured, unartistic, uncreative, or unachieving). The reason why the belief of the intellectual fascist, like that of the politico-social fascist, is arbitrary is simple: there is no objective evidence to support it. At bottom, it is based on value judgments or prejudices which are definitional in character and cannot be empirically validated." Albert Ellis

"The Man of Earth is therefore in much the position of the Plebian in Rome in the time of Menenius Agrippa. But there is this marked difference; that every Man of Earth is encouraged and expected to push on to the next stage..." Aleister Crowley




INTELLECTUAL FASCISM
Albert Ellis

If fascism is defined as the arbitrary belief that individuals possessing certain traits (such as those who are white, Aryan, or male) are intrinsically superior to individuals possessing certain other traits (such as those who are Negro, Jewish, or female), and that therefore the "superior" individuals should have distinct politico-social privileges, then the vast majority of American liberals and so-called anti-fascists are actually intellectual fascists. In fact, the more politico-economically liberal our citizens are, the more intellectually fascistic they usually tend to be.Read more...Collapse )


NOTE:

For copyright reasons, I have reproduced here only the first part of this article. The whole article can however be purchased as a pamphlet from Ellis's Institute http://www.rebt.org/booksandtape/pamphlets.asp.

REFERENCES

http://www.psy.kuleuven.ac.be/ religion/adobe/CognitionIdeology.pdf
http://home.iprimus.com.au/burgess1/ellis.html

See Also - The Seduction of Unreason: The Intellectual Romance With Fascism From Nietzsche to Postmodernism http://www.amazon.com./exec/obidos/ISBN=0691114641/ephilosopher, Richard Wolin

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