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’ mistake the negative power of critique, which has a rightful place only temporarily in the context of demolishing an old system, with the positive power required for building a new one. They have turned critique into a doctrine, a kind of anarchism the main elements of which Comte identifies as hostility to government, exaggerated individualism and the notion of the sovereignty of the people. The critical doctrine divests government ‘of any principle of activity’ and reduces it ‘to a wholly negative role’ (54):
Government is no longer conceived as the head of
, even if it's not related to my research.
It is clear that Neville's criticality of HE has shaped his praxis as a scholar-activist, leading him to look beyond the academy – and sometimes even his own research – to effect change. As Neville points out, despite the importance of struggling where you are (see Chapter 5 ), the university is not the centre of the struggle: it is not the only, or for many even the main, site of resistance. Thinking back to Zami's notion of ‘anarchism