Nowadays to be intelligible is to be found out.
What can you do against the lunatic who is more intelligent than
yourself, who gives your arguments a fair hearing and then simply
persists in his lunacy?
A novelist should not be too intelligent either, although... he may
be permitted to be an intellectual.
The Case for LegalizationEGR's editorial stance on the legalization of recreational intelligence should come as no surprise to longtime readers of this publication. Newcomers, however, may be shocked or dismayed by this explicit position statement, and it is therefore to them for the most part that the following commentary is addressed. It is only after lengthy and, at moments, agonizing internal debate that we have finally arrived at these judgments, the first of which is that we have remained silent on the issue for too long.
In America and many other parts of the so-called Free World today, intelligence users risk a life of criminal detention in already over-crowded institutions where their sanity will be threatened on a daily basis by known fools, recidivist cretins and other sorts of dangerously feeble-minded managers. Intellectual buggery is a real and frightening prospect for such hapless victims of our draconian legal system -- victims whose only offense has been to think for themselves. We are forced to ask: is this altogether fair?
The argument is often put forward that intelligence abuse can lead to "harder" forms of thought, such as philosophy, literary criticism and cultural studies. But let us examine whether there is any real basis for this charge. The constitution of the current readership, for instance, provides at least circumstantial evidence that not everyone who thinks necessarily thinks deeply. While EGR admittedly attracts those already inclined to fleeting speculation, most subscribers would as soon read the labels on canned food. Perhaps widespread social practice provides a more definitive metric.
Among actors and artists, intelligence use is often perceived to be fashionable, and several noted Hollywood personalities have even gone on record for legalization, among them Keanu Reeves and Julia Roberts. However, one has to inquire whether such cases represent anything more than grandstandin