“Instead of striking out on their own with authority and self-sufficiency, the scholar has cultivated the virtues of hard-work and patience in the service of the people—despite knowing deep down that the people probably aren’t really worth it and that he is only taking on their worst attributes”

Boy, Freddie would make a fortune writing books, columns, critiques today. He is spot-on in so many areas (unfortunately, he is also spot-OFF in other more critical areas).

Freddie would be *happy* to know that the modern academic has progressed even further than observed by Freddie. Not only does the modern scholar “know[ing] deep down that the people probably aren’t really worth it”, the modern scholar openly professes this disdain of the common man.

Freddie would see that as Progress while lamenting the modern scholars inability / unwillingness to go beyond the threshold of the received wisdom of the day.