Let's consider this part:
"A hundred years ago the philosophical radicals formed a school of intelligent men who were just as sure of themselves as the Hitlerites are; the result was that they dominated politics and that the world advanced rapidly both in intelligence and in material well-being."
Another example of this is neo-liberal capitalism: from Hayek  and his disciple, Friedman , to myriad think tanks, Reagan and Thatcher, SCOTUS (eg Powell ), etc. We're still living with the outcome of a generation of intelligent, organized, ambitious people united by a [flawed] ideology.
 Hayek - "The Road to Serfdom" http://amzn.to/1PRWyDj
 Friedman - "Free to Choose" http://amzn.to/1QKIewt
 Powell - "Attack on American Free Enterprise System" http://bit.ly/1Q2bHR7
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