Che, Stalin, Mussolini and the Thinkers Who Loved Them


Why are intellectuals and thinkers, who normally face persecution and risk under dictatorial regimes, nonetheless attracted to tyrants and would-be liberators?

Paul Hollander, From Benito Mussolini to Hugo Chavez: Intellectuals and a Century of Political Hero Worship (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), 325 pp., $29.99.

Tsie 1aWE LIVE in the age of self-proclaimed “public intellectuals,” although precisely what they are has never been adequately explained.

Are public intellectuals, like public transportation, providers of a…

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