“…the working class may serve us as a model: they have succeeded, at least to some extent, in protecting their economic interests. We can learn from them too how this problem can be solved by the method of organization. [...] intellectual workers should unite, not only in their own interest but also and no less importantly in the interest of society as a whole.[..]Indeed it is its proper task to defend academic freedom, without which a healthy development of democracy is impossible."

– From Albert Einstein’s “ For an Organization of Intellectual Workers” , an essay that was published in Einstein’s book, Out of My Later Years (New York: Philosophical Library, 1950).  It was originally sent to the National Wartime Conference in May, 1944. (From upte.org)

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