Russell (1998). The Triumph of Stupidity. (Mortals and Others, Volume II: American Essays 1931-1935.)

Russell, B. (1998). The Triumph of Stupidity. In H. Ruja (Ed.), Mortals and Others, Volume II: American Essays 1931-1935 (pp. 27–28). Oxon, UK: Routledge.

[Analysis paralysis? …]

“The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.” (p 28)

[Setting aside intellectual differences in order to attain common goals …]

“It is, I think, undeniable that the best men of the present day have a wider and truer outlook, but the best men of that day had influence, while the best men of this are impotent spectators. Perhaps we shall have to realise that scepticism and intellectual individualism are luxuries which in our tragic age must be forgone, and if intelligence is to be effective, it will have to be combined with a moral fervour which it usually possessed in the past but now usually lacks.” (p 28)

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