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Culture and cultivation

While our society may not appreciate its intellectuals sufficiently, there never has been an epoch when so many sc ient is ts , wri ters and ar t i s t s have attained relatively high social or material posit ions. Not for a moment did these intellectuals miss the opportuni ty to claim suitable maintenance and a leading role in the direction of state and society for intelligence and knowledge. Indeed, it is precisely in our society that such a great demand for ‘intellectual workers’ has been crea ted , because of the complexity of the system of economic production and dis t r ibut ion, and also because of the hi ther to unheard of omnipotence of s tate power: there was probably never a period in which the intellectual class played a more decisive role than in o u r s .