OPINION: The Monstrous Falsehood

During the 1952 presidential campaign, liberal U.S. intellectuals-in-politics resented the term "egghead," reading it as part of an attack against intellectuality as such. British intellectuals, particularly of the left wing, have shown similar indignation against similar remarks. Last week Australian Colin Clark, a distinguished political economist now lecturing at Oxford, suggested that the debate is narrower than a supposed issue between intellectuals and "know-nothings."

In a letter to the Manchester Guardian Weekly, Clark wrote: "What happened in the 1930s was that a substantial element among the university population and among authors and literary critics adopted Marxism. And what we are witnessing...

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