East and West
Chapter 7: Radicals, Renegades, Pundits and Imposters: Reflections on the International Intelligentsia
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RADICALS, RENEGADES, PUNDITS AND IMPOSTERS: REFLECTIONS ON THE INTERNATIONAL INTELLIGENTSIA
Since the end of the Second World War, there developed in the West a phenomenon best named the international intelligentsia that consisted of a number of prominent intellectuals, who represented a sort of “conscience of the West”, and by extension of the world at large.
During the Vietnam War era, the two figures most exemplary of this group were Bertrand Russell and Jean-Paul Sartre. These intellectuals helped to remove borders and barriers between states, nations, and peoples, to become, in effect, spokesmen for all of humanity.
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