I linked to an article, “The Intellectual as Courtier,” from Arts and Letters Daily and thought “Hey, that reminds me of what Rothbard wrote about ‘Court Historians‘ and the like.” Sure enough, I get to the bottom of the piece and see it’s written by Paul Rahe, professor of history at Hillsdale College, a bastion of conservatism.

I know the Left has its critics of intellectuals and their particular proclivities – Mao comes to mind – but the idea of the intellectual as inherently prone to wrongheadedness, even without the corrupting influence of money or mere lack of exposure to the correct sources of information, is a pronounced conservative theme.