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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 6, June 1955 - File 022. 1955-06. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 20, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/1539/show/1491.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 6, June 1955
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. IV, No. 6, June 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
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  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date June 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript IM RT: What is an intellectual? BURNHAM: An intellectual is not necessarily some one who is intelligent. The term intellectual actually was first used in Russia. There it applied really to whal we would call while collar workers—the whole- field of white collar workers including teachers but also clerks and government workers. We have taken it over, and I ihink what we usually mean by it is somebody who makes his living by words, either by- talking them or by writing them, or hy teaching them or by preaching them. In the most general way it's an occupational word intellectual and it means some one whose living is made out of words. Hodges: To me an intellectual is a person who is engaged primarily with iele-eis instead of things. I would like to emphasize lhat he's therefore on the frontier of theory rather than down slugging out with production and thai sort ol activity. I think the background of America in this respect is very important, because the founding fathers were outstanding intellectuals. That's one of the' most interesting characteristics about the origins of our governmenl. ItlJKT: They were concerned with ideas rather than things'.' HODCES: They had lhe capacity of tbe best intellectual to think and to act. I think it's verv important for us lo recognize iheit President Jackson, the pro- duel nf the new frontier in the West. probably started the fight ageiinsl in- tellectualism. Buckley: I think both Air. Burnham and Professor Hodges have illuminated the question. I'd like to make one further distinction that an intellectual is somebody who is interested in lhe theory of things. And precisely why I am going lo indict later on the ruling intellectual elite in this country today is because it can he demonstrated thai they an- interested in theory, it can also be demonstrated that then- is verv little relationship between their theory and things. Covins: I would suggest that the fruit of the intellectual effort in Ihis country has been a number of things, tangible things all of which can be demonstrated lo have been beneficial lo our country. I am not really above consulting the diciionary occasionally for definitions, not having the more detached and .. . Hodges: Intellectual growth? COMBS: ...Olympian point of view of you other gentlemen of having... Burnham: It spoils the fun if you always settle it by the dictionary, Mr. Combs. COMBS: Yes, it's having lhe capacity for the higher forms of knowledge- or thought. I should agree that il is reprc- -intcel hy a preoccupation with ideas Page 20 Are Americans Suspicious of Intellectuals thi, mmmi rather than with purely material values, although frequently the ideas do eventuate in a very tangible program. You were speaking just a moment ago, Mr. Buckley, of lhe ruling intellectual elite which means that you, as an intellectual of lln- right, arc challenging the' ruling of the elite of the' left ... Buckley: No, I say I'm indicting them. . .. Covins: You are indicting them? BUCKLEY: I'm not stripping ihem of their . . . Combs: I'm prepared to indict you too. let us -eiy. ideologically. Burnham: You'll grant lhal liny em' both intellectuals. You'll ihink lhat the right and left both have their intellectuals? Covins: Of course, I will. Of course, I mav say lhe right tin- extreme righl represented by these gentlemen here in its dem »logy equates intellectuals with liberals and liberals with sin. Buckley: No, there is an undistrib- lltcel middle there . . . Combs: I ihink il can be exemplified, however, by ils exponents. Iwo extraordinarily articulate ones that are presenl. lit ItT: Mr. I.tirilliriiu. is tin- average American intellectual inclined lo favor increased government domination of the private citizen's activities: I'.i RNHAM: I would say lhal over the past generations I ihink ihis has been true of the most conspicuous intellectuals, thc ones who use words most frequently and most publicly; that means in particular the intellectuals who have' been educated in lhe universities of the eastern seaboard and who hang oul la good deal of the time) in New 'I ork. Washington, Boston and the other citie'S . . . Then- is another distinction aboul what meikcs em intellectual lhal mighl In- worth mentioning here. For the must pari em intellectual is someone who calls himself so. If I'm going lo be an intellectual, the most importanl thing for me io do is to regard myself as an intellectual. Now then- are some very intelligent persons in many penis of lhe country who are perhaps loo humble or lo" modest to poinl to Ihemselves einel seiv. "I eun an intellectual." Hut if we look eil whal they do. if we look al bow they ihink ami ihe quality of their thinking, there is no reason thai they cannol rank alongside some- of those whose names are more frequently in the papers. Covins: I'll go along wilh lhal statement. BURTi Professor Hodges, is the average American intellectual inclined I" favor increased government domination ol' lhe private citizen's activities? HODCES: To me Ihis is a question "' lime because intellectuals have then fashions like- other people'. 1 think il vvas fashionable in lhe 1930's under lhe- Ne* Deal. I ihink we'd agree the temper was in feivnr of em extension of governments' interference, ll was lhe pattern of thinking eunl I would, as el professor, seiv th'1' I wa- regarded eil New York I niversi'! from lime lo lime as ei I'ase i-t because ' didn't happen lo go along vvilh I'"' Roosevell New Deal doctrines. COMBS: You call yourself an l,n distributed middle? Hodces: I ihink thai is quite adequate, sir. I have reduced somewba' since' lhat day. Ill umi wi: Lei me go back lo "''"' Mr. Combs s.iid ei moment ago. lb- sup' gested lhat Mr. Buckley ami I an- "h |e: 1111_ to tntellectualism and inlt II"' ueils. Nol eil all. I'm very much in feiv"' of intellectuals if they em- the righl kind of intellectuals. FACTS FORUM NEWS, June, 19&
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