[OPE-L:1400] Re: Marx and the BBC

Gerald Levy (glevy@pratt.edu)
Sat, 2 Oct 1999 08:04:29 -0400 (EDT)

Jurriaan wrote in [OPE-L:1398]:

> Andrew wrote:
> >His work as a revolutionary is respected by academics today?!
> >Hardly. The ruling ideas that academia produces are the ideas of
> >the ruling class.
> This sounds very radical, but is it true ? I would say that many
> academics I know produce ideas for the working class as well.

Andrew didn't say (see above) that "many" academics can't produce ideas
for the working class. He said something entirely different (which you
didn't address): that the _ruling_ (i.e. dominant) ideas produced in
academia are the ideas of the ruling class. Here he simply paraphrases

> Perhaps Andrew
> overrates the importance of the university in producing the "ruling
> ideas".

I'm quite sure that Andrew recognizes that other ideas of the ruling class
are produced and reproduced in other social institutions besides the
university, e.g. other educational institutions, the media, the legal
system, religious institutions, commercial entertainment, etc.

In solidarity, Jerry

PS to Andrew: which post or posts in your series [OPE-L:1374-1381] do you
particularly want me to respond to?

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