You all probably know this one already, but I came across this quote from Orwell yesterday. He was writing about England’s pro-Soviet intelligentsia. Their secret wish, he wrote, was “to destroy the old, egalitarian vision of socialism and usher in a hierarchical society where an intellectual can at last get his hands on the whip.”
Very true, and, alas, not just of historical interest. If you want to understand why so many on the intellectual Left seem so infatuated with authoritarianism, there it is.