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Awful Purity – “Cultural Amnesia” – Clive James

October 6th, 2011 · No Comments · Civilisation, Criticism, Culture, Ideology, Politics

(Sartre was) the most conspicuous single example in the twentieth century of a fully qualified intellectual aiding and abetting the opponents of civilization. More so than Ezra Pound, who was too crazy even for the Fascists; more so even than Brecht, a straight-out cynic who kept his money in Switzerland. Sartre was never corrupt in that way. Like Robespierre, he had an awful purity.

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