Thanks are due to Mills and to Said for giving us another reason to pursue truth. But is Said himself fully committed to that pursuit?
Barely a paragraph after the quotation from Mills come Said's own words: 'There is no question in my mind that the intellectual belongs on the same side with the weak and unrepresented - Robin Hood, some are likely to say.'
But why is there 'no question' in the professor's mind about that last assertion? Is he convinced that the 'weak and unrepresented' are always in possession of the truth? The Bandit of Sherwood Forest never pretended to be an intellectual, much less presume to dictate what the 'role of an intellectual' ought to be.
GUR A. HIRSHBERG
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