[Marxism] Even a Clown Is Fascinated by Ideas: The Forty-Fifth Newsletter (2019).
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In 2017, Issa Shivji delivered the Harold Wolpe Memorial Lecture at the
University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Issa, who
taught at the University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) for decades,
reflected on the idea of revolutionary intellectuals. He remembered a
lecture given by Ali Mazrui fifty years previously, where Mazrui defined
an intellectual as someone who is fascinated by ideas. ‘Even a clown is
fascinated by ideas’, yelled out one of the students.
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