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For in "socializing" such costs, the private sector loosens its control over the reproduction of the New Class and, increasingly, these become vested in the New Class itself. 6 Aside from incidental anecdote, is there any evidence at all that universities (at least sometimes) foster a culture of critical discourse? For a convenient summary, one may refer to Howard Bowen's recent and cautious sifting of a vast array of evidence on differences produced by going to college. Obviously, these various studies had not been conducted with my own interests in mind and can, therefore, be coordinated to my concerns here only in part, but treated carefully they are relevant.
Parsons' fundamental picture 38 THE FUTURE OF INTELLECTUALS AND THE NEW CLASS is that the new national elite of the United States will consist of a revamped, professionalized business class, allied and fused with New Class professionals. The rise of the New Class in the United States, in Parsons' view, will thus occur within the framework of a business society and through the moral uplift of the old class by the New Class. While still bound by respect and prudence toward the old class, which it conceives as aiming primarily at productivity for society rather than at incomes for itself, Parsons' sociology is characterized by an impulse to revitalize the legitimacy of the foundering old class by uniting it with the New Class and by professionalizing it.
Above all, Chomsky's standpoint is that of the moralist: noting, for example, that Charles Kadushin's study found that the American intellectual "elite" solidly opposed the Vietnamese War, Chomsky complains that they did not do so for the right reasons. They opposed it, he holds, on pragmatic grounds, out of a fear that the war could not THESIS SIX 41 be won, rather than out of high moral principle. " 52 I fully concur. From a moral point of view, however, would not one want to add, perhaps, that the Vietnamese in turn have no moral right to intervene in Cambodia (or the Cambodians in Vietnam)?