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Power and the Idealists: Or The Passion of Joschka Fischer and its Aftermath (English) (Hardcover)

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ISBN: 9781932360912    Publisher: Soft Skull Press Year of publishing: 2016     Format:  Hardcover No of Pages: 312        Language: English
A passionate analysis of the justifications for going to war in the name of democracy. Berman one of the leading essayists and intellectual historians of the New Left asks the crucial question of Western...Read more
A passionate analysis of the justifications for going to war in the name of democracy. Berman one of the leading essayists and intellectual historians of the New Left asks the crucial question of Western democracies today: was the violence-tinged radicalism in American and Europe in 1968 a force for social good or for social ill? Berman who began his career writing for the "Village Voice" and for "The Nation" but is now a figure of controversy on the Left because of his trenchant criticism of figures like Chomsky explores the response of the "grown-up" Left to human right abuse around the world and discusses the intellectual evolution of figures as various as Polish dissident Adam Michnik Azar Nafisi (Reading Lolita in Tehran) Iraqi dissident Kanan Makiya (Republic of Fear) and Bernard Kouchner (founder of Doctors Without Borders and former head of the UN mission in Kosovo) to argue that liberals willing to use power to protect human rights are the true heirs of the radical Direct Action principles of 1968 and that the Islamic totalitarian impulse he identified in Terror and Liberalism must be opposed with vigour. Berman characterised by the media as a liberal hawk like Michael Ignatieff and Christopher Hitchens is here deeply reflective looking back on the history of antitotalitarianism the missed opportunities the misconceptions and misunderstandings that have bedevilled the Left as it seeks to oppose injustice around the world.
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