Do old-fashioned intellectuals and politics have a future?

  • 2011-06-08
  • By Leonidas Donskis
An interesting discussion took place in the Frankfurter Rundschau (September 26, 1992). When asked by his interviewer whether intellectuals will succeed in maintaining their social significance, the Spanish literary critic and author, Manuel Vazquez Montalban (who is famous especially for his detective novels), wittily replied that “the connection between CNN and Jane Fonda will be the only organic intellectual in the world.”Montalban went on, adding that he has more confidence in intellectuals who appear in public collectively, rather than individually. And then he conc...
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