Not that I’m anti-intellectual–because I believe political theory & method are very important–but if anyone were to ask my advice to young people who want to make this world a better place for human beings, I would say ‘start with the oppressed’. Start with those standing against war, occupation, persecution, genocide. Start with those fighting injustice & inequality. If you are part of the struggles against oppression, theoretical questions will confront you, the problems of political method will confront you & you will come to respect the importance of theoretical study. But if you ignore oppression & try to wing it by reading the latest trendy gurus or the old hacks, you will end up indifferent to the suffering of humanity & be nothing more than a political vegetable sucking off the body politic for oxygen. Take my word on that.