The role of public intellectuals in Western society is an interesting question, especially when so few individuals dare challenge “established truths”, preferring to suck on the drip-feed of media, government or business connections.
ABC Radio National broadcast in January the following event:
The literary magazine, Overland recently invited [in late 2008] two public intellectuals – Christos Tsiolkas and Antony Loewenstein – to discuss the consequences of saying unpopular things, something they are both quite familiar with. Christos is a well known Melbourne based author, whose latest novel, The Slap, is about the aftermath of a man hitting another person’s child at a barbeque.
Antony Loewenstein is a Sydney based journalist – he is best known as a Jewish critic of the actions of the Israeli government – expressed in his book – My Israel Question, and his blog http://antonyloewenstein.com