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Once our credulity was based on ignorance-now it is based on overload. More than ever before, we need independent intellectuals to sort the wheat from the chaff. But they have disappeared

He wrote his people’s dictionaries and their national epics; he composed their protests against injustice and their demands for freedom. A Grub-street hack, a threadbare pamphleteer, a street corner agitator, he was notorious for biting the hand of everyone who tried to feed him. The professors scorned him as a dilettante; the priests loathed him as a free-thinker; the politicians feared him as a troublemaker. He sided with lost causes and rarely lived to see them win. His statue is still in the park, but few remember his name.

When Sartre died in April 1980, a chapter which had begun…

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