The work of an intellectual is not to mould the political will of others; it is, through the analyses that he does in his own field, to re-examine evidence and assumptions, to shake up habitual ways of working and thinking, to dissipate conventional familiarities, to re-evaluate rules and institutions and to participate in the formation of a political will (where he has his role as citizen to play).
There are more ideas on earth than intellectuals imagine. And these ideas are more active, stronger, more resistant, more passionate than ''politicians'' think. We have to be there at the birth of ideas, the bursting outward of their force: not in books expressing them, but in events manifesting this force, in struggles carried on around ideas, for or against them. Ideas do not rule the world. But it is because the world has ideas... that it is not passively ruled by those who are its leaders or those who would like to teach it, once and for all, what it must think.
 marginile unei c?r?i nu sunt niciodat? clar ?i riguros trasate: dincolo de titlu, de primele rânduri ?i de punctul final, mai presus de configura?ia sa intern? ?i de forma care îi confer? autonomie, ea se afl? prins? într-un sistem de trimiteri la alte c?r?i, la alte texte, la alte fraze: este un nod într-o re?ea.