The Fast Way to Escape "Intellectual Yet Idiot"

And a fast escape is needed too:

The Intellectual Yet Idiot is a production of modernity hence has been accelerating since the mid twentieth century, to reach its local supremum today, along with the broad category of people without skin-in-the-game who have been invading many walks of life.

There are many ways I don’t meet the criteria for this designation, although I have commenters here and on Facebook who would nominate me in a heartbeat.  For them, I’ve got the trump card (sorry!):

…he has never read Frederic Dard, Libanius Antiochus, Michael Oakeshot, John Gray, Amianus Marcellinus, Ibn Battuta, Saadiah Gaon, or Joseph De Maistre…

I have read Ammianus Marcellinus (Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s spelling needs a little upgrade.)  It was on my “want to read” list for many years, but only got the chance earlier this year.  The timing was good: Marcellinus spent a lot of time in Rome’s war with the Persians, and I had just spent five years with some of their descendants.  That made the work all the more vivid, and coupled with my interest in Late Roman history, it was a fabulous read.

Some of my posts based on reading his work include the following:

I highly recommend his work; you can find it here.

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