Education: The Errant Intellectuals

The poets, essayists and novelists of London's usually imperturbable P.E.N. Club listened in horror. Famed Oxford Historian (The Churchills) Alfred Leslie Rowse was saying: Some British intellectuals "very much to the'fore" are "highly unrepresentative" of British intellectualism and "create a pretty general disrespect for the rest of us." His No. 1 target: Philosopher Bertrand Russell.

A peppery independent, Rowse said he enjoyed Lord Russell's "naughtiness, but for his judgment of political matters, I have no regard." Now the advocate of British disarmament at any price, Russell not long ago was arguing learnedly for...

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