William Katz is a man of many parts. In his very first appearance at Power Line, here is how the Power Line guys described him:
William Katz has had a long and varied career, as an assistant to a U.S. senator; an officer in the CIA; an assistant to Herman Kahn, the nuclear war theorist; an editor at The New York Times Magazine; and a talent coordinator at The Tonight Show. He is the author of ten books, translated into 15 languages.
For the six months after that introduction, Mr. Katz periodically sent amusing, interesting, and thoughtful articles to Power Line. He’s now leaving that mother ship, though, and setting out on his own with a website he calls William Katz : Urgent Agenda. Unsurprisingly, given his breadth of experience and his honed writer’s chops, it’s already a polished blog.
In a sidebar, he poses a question that we’ve discussed at this blog, so I thought you all might want to look at it and maybe try your hand at a response to his question:
A writer asked this some years ago: Why is it that intellectuals often support the worst causes?
For decades we’ve seen too many members of our educated elite – professors, authors, Nobel laureates – lend their support to appalling causes like fascism, Soviet communism, even suicide bombers. But why? Aren’t these the people who should know better?
Why do you think intellectuals often support the worst causes? Please discuss it. If you’d like to send us your thoughts, click:
(Please stay within a paragraph or two. There are no guarantees, but I’ll try to pick out some replies to print.)
As for me, I addressed the question most recently in my post, 50 million intellectuals can be wrong.
Welcome to the blogosphere, Mr. Katz, and good luck!
UPDATE: I think I fixed the bad link.
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