Because of the commodification of education, it has become expensive to educate an intellectual. Because of the decline in basic public education, fewer people are equipped to pursue the education of an intellectual.
This is utter bonk. This is one of the things money can’t buy, and it’s neoliberal thinking that makes people wonder why they can’t throw a coin into a vending machine and have intellectuals plop out of it.
For some reason I have never been able to figure out, some people awaken intellectually and become interested in knowledge for its own sake and some don’t. None of the intellectuals I have known come from riches. Some come from outlandish poverty in the literal sense of being from the lands of extreme scarcity.
Intellectuals aren’t educated, they educate themselves. There is absolutely nothing whatsoever in the education system of this country to prevent anybody who truly wants to learn from doing so. There is no censorship, there is no persecution based on what you read. According to the logic of the linked piece, intellectualism can’t arise anywhere where money isn’t plentiful, and that’s ridiculous.