Of fallible men and pure ideas3 min read . Updated: 29 May 2014, 05:20 PM IST
Intellectuals with their bloated egos are as blemished as the rest of us
Isaiah Berlin was the archetypical Cold War liberal. Isaac Deutscher was a Marxist intellectual. Both were Jews who fled to England when things began to get hot for them in their native countries. Berlin left Russia as a young boy a few years after the communists overthrew the old regime. Deutscher left Poland a few months before the German invasion of his country in September 1939. Many members of their respective families perished in the gas chambers of the Third Reich.
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