Quote by Percy Wynham Lewis
The intelligence suffers today automatically in consequence of the attack on all authority, advantage, or privilege. These things are not done away with, it is needless to say, but numerous scapegoats are made of the less politically powerful, to satisfy the egalitarian rage awakened.
This quote suggests that intelligence is being hindered in contemporary society due to a widespread rejection of authority, advantage, and privilege. While these elements still exist, the quote argues that in pursuing egalitarian ideals, those who are less politically influential are often targeted as scapegoats. As a result, the quote implies that intelligence is being compromised as people prioritize leveling inequalities over nurturing intellectual growth.
The educated man pictures a horde of submen, wanting only a day's liberty to loot his house, burn his books, and set him to work minding a machine or sweeping out a lavatory. 'Anything,' he thinks, 'any injustice, sooner than let that mob loose.' He does not see that since there is no difference between the mass of rich and poor, there is no question of setting the mob loose. The mob is in fact loose now, and--in the shape of rich men--is using its power to set up enormous treadmills of boredom, such as 'smart' hotels.