Tony Judt | Prospect Magazine

by peterjukes

n a prodigiously successful postwar America, the old notion of the freelance intellectual, who questioned all verities, including his own, was threatened with irrelevance. In his influential book The End of Ideology (1960), the American sociologist Daniel Bell proposed that the overwhelming superiority of the American model of industrial capitalism and democracy over communism had rendered intellectual debate moot. Furthermore, Bell added, America’s “affluent” society could find a place, even “prestige” for its most bitter former critics.

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