[Marxism] Even a Clown Is Fascinated by Ideas: The Forty-Fifth Newsletter (2019).

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Nov 7 06:50:29 MST 2019

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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