By A. Sivanandan
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It requires respect for the traditional knowledge and wisdom of one’s elders, illiterate though they be, no less than for academic learning. But the business of the educated is not to fly away from the rest of society on the wings of their skills, but to turn those skills to the service of their people. And the higher their qualifications, the greater their duty to serve. ’24 The intellectual, that is, has no special privilege in such a society. He is as much an organic part of the nation as anyone else.
Can a socialism of the 21st century revive, Siva 01 chap01 34 14/7/08 18:15:49 TH E H O KU M O F NEW TIM ES 35 or even survive, which is wholly cut off from the landscapes of popular pleasures, however contradictory a terrain they are? ’19 Equally, are we thinking socialist enough? And what, in any case, is this dialectic about materialism which is not itself materialist? Should we become so bewitched by ‘the deep democratisation of culture’ that we miss out on those who reap the profits from ‘these transactions’?
The old marxists were, similarly, too wedded to orthodoxy to see that the old relations of production were disintegrating and new ones being born in their place. 3 So ensconced had they been in their own beliefs and dogmas and sentiments that they were fearful of venturing out into a changing world and taking it by the scruff of its neck. And the new marxists, who had daringly abandoned all such fears and inhibitions and acknowledged and celebrated the cultural and social changes that were going on, were unable, because of their premature apostasy, to connect them concretely with the emancipation of Capital from Labour or root that emancipation in the economic basis of production.