Advanced Topics in Liberty

Intellectuals, Ideology, and Liberty

Conference for Grad Students March 23-25, 2012 – Arlington, VA

Discussion Leader: Richard Boyd

Session I - Who are the “Intellectuals”?

Hoffer, Eric. The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements (1st Perennial Classic Edition). New York: HarperCollins, 2002. Part 4, Chapter 15, “Men of Words” (pages 129–141).

de Huszar, George B, eds. The Intellectuals: A Controversial Portrait. Glencoe: The Free Press, 1960. Part 2, Edward A. Shil’s “The Traditions of Intellectuals” (pages 55–61).

Hayek, Friedrich A. The Road to Serfdom with The Intellectuals and Socialism. London: Institute for Economic Affairs, 2005. Selections from “Intellectuals and Socialism” (pages 105–119).

Session II - Intellectuals in Government.

Pestritto, Ronald J. and William J. Atto, eds. American Progressivism. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2008. Chapter 16, Woodrow Wilson’s “The Study of Administration” (pages 191–210).

Wilson, Woodrow. The Papers of Woodrow Wilson, Volume 2: 1881–1884. Edited by Arthur S. Link. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1967. “What Can be Done for Constitutional Liberty” (pages 33–40).

Hayek, Friedrich A. The Road to Serfdom with The Intellectuals and Socialism. London: Institute for Economic Affairs, 2005. Selections from “Intellectuals and Socialism” (pages 119–129).

Sowell, Thomas. Intellectuals and Society. New York: Basic Books, 2009. Selections from Chapter 9, “Intellectuals and Society” (pages 288–296).

Session III - Intellectuals Against Commerce

Schumpeter, Joseph. Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy. New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1950, 1975, 1976. Chapter 13, “Growing Hostility” (pages 143–155).

Hayek, Friedrich A, eds. Capitalism and the Historians. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1963, 1974. Chapter 3, Bertrand de Jouvenel’s “The Treatment of Capitalism by Continental Intellectuals” (pages 91–121).

von Mises, Ludwig. The Anti-capitalistic Mentality. Edited by Bettina Bien Greaves. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2006. Chapter 1, Section 5, “The Resentment of the Intellectuals” (pages 9–11), Section 6, “The Anti-capitalistic Bias of American Intellectuals” (pages 11–13), Chapter 3, Section 5, “The Bigotry of the Literati” (pages 35–40) and Section 6, “The ‘Social’ Novels and Plays” (pages 40–43).

Session IV - Intellectuals against Liberty

Benda, Julien. The Treason of the Intellectuals. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1969. selections from Chapter 3, “The ‘Clerks’ – The Great Betrayal” (pages 43–47 ending with the last full paragraph, pages 67–71 ending with the last full sentence, pages 104 beginning with the first full paragraph–105 ending with the last full sentence, pages 151–153 ending at line 6, pages 162–164 ending with line 21 and pages 216 beginning with Note E–217).

Aron, Raymond. The Opium of the Intellectuals. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2001. Chapter 7, “The Intellectuals and Their Homeland” (pages 203–235).

Session V - Intellectuals and Culture

Gagnon, Alain G., eds. Intellectuals in Liberal Democracies: Political Influence and Social Involvement. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1987. Chapter 4, Paul Hollander’s “American Intellectuals: Producers and Consumers of Social Criticism” (pages 67–86).  

de Huszar, George B, eds. The Intellectuals: A Controversial Portrait. Glencoe: The Free Press, 1960. Part 4, Maxim Gorky’s “The Responsibility of Soviet Intellectuals” (pages 233–238).

Hollander, Paul. Political Pilgrims: Western Intellectuals in Search of the Good Society (4th Edition). New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 1998. Selections from Chapter 7, “The Pilgrimage to China” (pages 333–340).

Said, Edward W. Representations of the Intellectual (First Vintage Books edition). New York: Vintage Books, 1996. Chapter 5, “Speaking Truth to Power” (pages 85–102).

Session VI - Intellectuals, Academe, and Political Correctness

Klein, Peter. “Why Economists Still Support Socialism.” Mises Daily Article (November 2006): 1–6. (6 online pages)

Nozick, Robert. “Why Do Intellectuals Oppose Capitalism?” Cato Policy Report 20, no. 1 (January/February 1998): 1–6. (6 online pages)