Reply to Rahul Mahajan's...Intellectuals and Populace

Carrol Cox cbcox at
Sat Apr 13 09:14:08 MDT 1996

    I'm interested in the general topic, since I sort of began it by a
comment on the democratic use of jargon, which Rahul accused of being
a totalitarian attack on free thought.

    As to Alvin Gouldner--I don't know. I wouldn't read him without
some more detailed reasons given on why he is interesting or important.

>    Very interesting and troubling topic--if workers need intellectuals to
> bring them theory and political knowledge, how is self-emancipation
> possible for workers?  I was recently reading Alvin Gouldner's book The
> Future of Intellectuals and the New Class; it has focussed this
> question for me, but provided no answers beyond G.'s closing observation
> that although radical intellectuals do constitute a class of their own,
> with their own interests, whether they admit it or not, on the whole
> they (we) are a progressive force anyway, provided we're modest &
> self-critical enough.
>        Is anybody else interested in this topic, or in Gouldner's book?
> Has the list carried this sort of discussion in the past? (I'm brand new
> to the list , and to the e-mail biz.)
>                                               red regards to all,
>                                                         Ed Dupree
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