Terry Eagleton on the left
Some of the very qualities which attract cultural specialists to the political left are also the ones which make them hard to organize. They are the jokers in the political pack, reluctant joiners who tend to be more interested in utopia than trade unions. Unlike Oscar Wilde’s philistine, they know the value of everything and the price of nothing. You would not put Arthur Rimbaud on the sanitation committee…To be inside and outside a position at the same time– to occupy a territory while loitering sceptically on the boundary– is often where the most intensely creative ideas stem from. It is a resourceful place to be, if not always a painless one.
–from AFTER THEORY (2003)