Posted by The Happy Tutor
John Emerson, himself a Dumpster Dwelling intellectual, a man who was once considered a rising star along with the likes of Negroponte, Wolfowitz, and Company, has a wry take on the role of the Public Intellectual in the age of the Think Tank. You want the pursuit of truth? Don't look in Universities, among those concerned with their "identity," or with critical theory reducing all values to fritters. Do not look among the right wing "thinkers," profs, and pundits. Forget the perjured media in hock to the advertisers. Forget the presses run by the MBAs to maximize mass market appeal and profit. Find yourself a Dumpster in the public domain. Pursue truth naked like Diogenes, seeking with your pottery lamp in broad daylight for an honest man, as your dog pees against the nearest statue of a General, or nips at the ankle of the nearest politician.
I don't mean to point fingers: There is nothing that today's public intellectuals have not done that I have not done worse and for less money in Wealth Bondage. Boots must be buffed. Yet how I cringe to see my own face reflected in the toe caps.