Marginalization of the intelligentsia is a propaganda tool predating Marxism/Leninism. "Look at those stupid bourgeoisie and their foppish pursuits!" was certainly said on the path to the guillotine. Orwell touched on it in Animal Farm. Whenever you see someone saying "look at the silly scientists!" you know that they're basically saying "follow me unthinkingly for The Strong have always taken care of The Stupid in their eternal struggle against The Smart."