As a general rule, we should treat our intellectual opponents with the utmost charity and respect. After all, we are all fallible and presumably united in a common pursuit of truth. BUT (I bet you knew that was coming) when one is continually subjected to ponderous drivel and endless preachments from an opponent whose severely limited abilities belie his lofty reputation and whose pseudo-scholarship is bought and paid for by an interested and wealthy patron, one understandably reaches a breaking point. The great philosopher Arthur Schopenauer evidently reached such a point when he wrote of the Prussian State’s favored philosopher:
Hegel, installed from above by the powers that be, as the certified Great Philosopher, was a flat-headed, insipid, nauseating, illiterate charlatan, who reached the pinnacle of audacity in scribbling together and dishing up the craziest mystifying nonsense. This nonsense has been noisily proclaimed as immortal wisdom by mercenary followers and readily accepted as such by all fools, who thus joined in as a perfect chorus of admiration as had ever been heard before. The extensive field of spiritual influence with which Hegel was furnished by those in power has enabled him to achieve the intellectual corruption of a whole generation. (Quoted in Karl R. Popper, The Open Society and Its Enemies, Vol. 2, pp. 32-33.)
HT to Max Raskin.