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The Responsibility of Déclassé Intellectuals

December 11, 2018

Chris Hedges used the term Sunday afternoon, and it definitely applies to me.

The Déclassé Intellectual

By Marlana Eck and James K. Anderson

every day that goes by it all seems the same

people work and people slave and piss their lives away

people taking and never getting it’s all the same old shit

while everything around us is crumbling bit by bit

Defiance, “No Future No Hope”

What fosters revolution is not misery, but the gap between what people expect from their lives and what is offered. This is especially acute among the educated and the talented. They feel, with much justification, that they have been denied what they deserve. They set out to rectify this injustice. And the longer the injustice festers, the more radical they become.

Chris Hedges, “Colonized by Corporations”

In his 1967 essay, “The Responsibility of Intellectuals,” Noam Chomsky, writing amid the US assault on Vietnam, noted intellectuals in the West were part of a “privileged minority,” with relative power and…

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