Intellectuals (pseudo and not), can be the most vicious, idiotic, and arrogant creatures on earth. Paul Johnson documented that fact. George Orwell is reputed to have said that 'some ideas so silly that only an intellectual could believe them.'
Among ourselves we are 'blessed' with an unending flow of such self-important, self-centered individuals. You know, the type that doesn't argue its point from data. It just calls you names for being too stupid to see the light.
Today's winner of the George Orwell Intellectual Spite Award (and the competition was rough) goes to Yoel Marcus. (Did it ever strike you that so many objects of Orwell's barbs work at Das Land ?)