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Intellectual fascism

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Intellectual fascism is the arbitrary belief that individuals possessing certain “good” traits (such as intelligence and creativity) are intrinsically superior to those possessing “bad” traits (such as stupidity or lack of artistry). Although it is true that under certain conditions and for various purposes some human traits are more advantageous or “better” than others, rating people as “good” or “bad” on the basis of their intellectual performances is inaccurate and is often as pernicious as is political-social fascism. Moreover, where political fascists at least rate themselves highly while damning and persecuting others, intellectual fascists tend to severely damn themselves (as well as others) when they lack superlative intellectual and artistic traits. According to RET, all global ratings of people tend to be fascistic overgeneralizations. Intellectual fascism is political-social fascism with the trait names changed—the same hearse with different license plates.

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This article is a revision of one that originally appeared in a book by Dr. Ellis entitledSuppressed.

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Ellis, A. Intellectual fascism. J Rational-Emot Cognitive-Behav Ther 3, 3–12 (1985). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01473501

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Keywords

  • Public Health
  • Global Rating
  • Intellectual Performance
  • License Plate
  • Human Trait