My position is that it is not up to us [intellectuals] to propose. As soon as one ‘proposes'—one proposes a vocabulary, an ideology, which can only have effects of domination. What we have to present are instruments and tools that people might find useful. By forming groups specifically to make these analyses, to wage these struggles, by using these instruments or others: this is how, in the end, possibilities open up. But if the intellectual starts playing once again the role that he has played for a hundred and fifty years—that of prophet in relation to what 'must be,’ to what 'must take place'—these effects of domination will return and we shall have other ideologies, functioning in the same way.
— Michel Foucault, ‘Confinement, psychiatry, prison,’ in Politics, Philosophy, Culture: Interviews and Other Writings, 1977-1984