(Cont'd from Part 2/3 http://lotusandcedar.blogspot.com/2010/07/exchanges-between-bloggers-part-23.html)
Part 3: Not Every Exchange/Blogger is "Intellectual"
Some of us are fortunate enough to have an education, a job, and ways to self-improve. However, I am highly aware of ppl in other sectors of our society or in other countries where resources and opportunities are hard to come by (jargon: social-economic stratifications) and where richness, wisdom and happiness are defined quite differently. Therefore, I would caution against falling into the trap of calling ourselves "intellectuals", riding the intellectual hobbyhorse and expecting everyone to be on the same merry-go-around.
Come to think of it, I leant a lot of my life's lessons while working on the railroad track as a labourer and let me assure you that the steel gang's language of engagement (such as: f this and f that; you c, go f yourself) and way of thinking (e.g. "Chinese are like socks, they stink - but oh, you are ok!!") are less than "intellectual". Nonetheless, I learnt a lot from these non-intellectual exchanges.
So, that's my two bits worth of opinions, or to use your term, my "ranting" from this side of the pond.
ps: As to the many other issues you have raised in your 13-page article, they are equally important, but I just don't have time to address them all. Sorry !!