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Brown is less of an intellectual "magpie" than he seems. He draws on both liberal and conservative Americans for good reason

By Geoff Mulgan   July 2007

This is the fourth article in a six-piece symposium on Gordon Brown as intellectual. Other articles include: John Lloyd on an intellectual in power Iain McLean on other intellectual prime ministers throughout history Daniel Johnson on Brown the unsophisticated bookworm Richard Cockett on the question of Brown’s religious faith Kamran Nazeer on Brown’s book Courage

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Intellectuals and politicians are often uncomfortable bedfellows, but it’s not surprising that they so often cross-dress, or switch sides, or that so many intellectuals feel like politicians manqué and vice versa. Plato’s ideal of…

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