FRANCE: Taking Intellectuals Seriously

Why are so many of Europe's politically sophisticated intellectuals attracted to Communism? Last week Le Figaro's highbrow, anti-Communist Editorialist Raymond Aron offered his own wry reason: "Intellectuals want, more than anything else, to be taken seriously, and Communism is the sole party to grant them any importance—if only by putting them in prison. It is the United States which takes intellectuals the least-seriously—even while paying them fortunes."

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