The book “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury and the article “How to Stop the Brain Drain in Venezuela” both show people living in a dehumanized state can cause the lack of value in intelligence and an inability to rebuild or reconstruct. “Fahrenheit 451” restricts intelligence through banning books and individual thought. Montag was forced to leave his city behind due to owning books and killing Beatty. While in the outskirts of the city, Montag meets some hobos who are all highly educated and went to schools like “Cambridge” and “U.C.L.A.”. All of these men left their towns because the government did not like that they owned literature. The hobos know they’re “not important” they are just “remembering”. Bradbury uses the hobos to show what the city is missing. The city Montag lived in could have had life in it if the hobos ideas were allowed to be shared. Bradbury stresses the importance of intelligence through the hobos because without them, all knowledge would be lost and every person would be “empty”. Once the war is over, the people in 451 will not be able to rebuild without the needed knowledge of the hobos. In “How to Stop the Brain Drain in Venezuela” shows how “more than one million Venezuelans have left their country in the hope of a better future”, and how 90 percent of those leaving have “bachelor’s degree or more”. The youth leaving are looking for a better life. They want better paying jobs and better security. The country is left with very little people being able to do highly-skilled jobs. What is happening in Venezuela, is similar to the city in 451. In 451, the people who were highly educated either died for owning books, or left the city to pursue a better life. The article expresses that “emigration is harming key industries from health and medicine to banking and finance” Venezuela will not be able to function fully and reconstruct if they do not have people to be doctors or scientist or lawyers, just like how 451 cannot function. To summarize, people need to understand the importance knowledge can do for a country. A country cannot operate to its full capacity without education and intelligence.