... liberal intellectuals ... tend to have a classical theory of politics, in which the state has a monopoly of power; hoping that those in positions of authority may prove to be enlightened men, wielding power justly, they are natural, if cautious, allies of the "establishment."
Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. author. What's Happening in America (1966).
Written in response to a summer 1966 questionnaire sent to her and other prominent American intellectuals by Partisan Review. All of their answers were published in the magazine's Winter 1967 issue, but Sontag also published hers separately as an essay. Sontag was herself a liberal.