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The online publication Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture was launched in response to the atmosphere of triumphant conservatism and militarism that pervades American political culture in the aftermath of 9/11. Aiming to revitalize the moribund political left, several world-renowned intellectual figures congregated to form the journal's core group of editors and writers. The mission of Logos is to promote "rational radicalism," grounded in critical social theory and fully engaged with the most vital issues of our time. The Logos Reader: Rational Radicalism and the Future of Politics offers the best political writing published by the journal during its first three years. Compiled by founding editors Stephen Eric Bronner and Michael J. Thompson, these pieces critically examine globalization, the Iraq War, and the plight of the Middle East, while also illuminating the domestic concerns that dominate American discourse. Delivered in a direct, accessible manner, the analyses presented in The Logos Reader reflect the journal's distinctly public purpose. The essays reveal both the practical and theoretical connections between distant military pursuits and domestic struggles for democracy and equality. The left's leading intellectuals shed light on the most recent developments in the global war on terrorism while sharply criticizing right-wing justifications for restricted civil liberties, human rights violations, and rampant expansion of armaments. Similar attention is given to central domestic issues, such as the conservative right's assault on the welfare state and the crusade of religious fundamentalists against civil rights protections for all citizens. Negotiating the vast terrain of current social problems, the contributors are united in their intent to question and ultimately constrain the excessive power wielded by dominant cultural, political, and economic institutions. This collection stakes out firm ideological ground and challenges authoritarian forces, clarifying the notion of rational radicalism as a liberating counterpoint to limiting worldviews and systems of oppression.

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"Don't read this unless you treasure a serious intellectual challenge and learning a lot about things you thought you already knew. A judicious sampling of one of the web's best hidden success stories has just been repackaged to fit into your book case. Grab it." — Bertell Ollman, author of Dance of the Dialectic: Steps In Marx's Method

"A lively and important contribution to a number of debates in the realm of politics and society, with particular strengths in political theory and Middle East politics." — Kevin B. Anderson, coauthor of Foucault and the Iranian Revolution

"A distinctive, timely, and important collection that manifests a 'left' reconnecting with its historicist roots to reconstitute itself politically in a time of crisis. Prominent authors, public relevance of topics, and lucid writing should make the work attractive to a wide range of liberal and left-leaning readers. It will also be appreciated by others who simply want to know more about today's left and alternative policy regimes." — Robert J. Antonio, author of Marx and Modernity

"The Logos Reader provides progressives with cause for hope in a dark time. It proves that academically grounded writing can be lucid and political critique can be coherent and affirmative. Taken together, the essays in this book, in all their diversity, invite others to join the inspiring project they serve so well­to revive the rationality essential to truly radical thinking." — Thomas de Zengotita, author of Mediated: How the Media Shapes Your World and th

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813123684
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 6.16 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

American landscape : lies, fears, and the distortion of democracy 9
How to be an intelligent anti-American 17
The federal marriage amendment and the attack on American democracy 27
Fahrenheit 9/11 : the real lowdown 39
The never-ending war on the welfare state 45
Leo Strauss and the rhetoric of the war on terror 59
Dual-layered time : reflections on T. W. Adorno in the 1950s 75
Anthony Gidden's third way : a critique 81
How Dinesh gets over : the unmeritorious scholarship of Dinesh D'Souza 99
A Mills revival? 117
The price of heavenly peace : Tiananmen Square fifteen years later 141
But on a quiet day ... a tribute to Arundhati Roy 149
Flight from Van : memories of an Armenian genocide survivor 165
Dharma and the bomb : postmodern critiques of science and the rise of reactionary modernism in India 179
The political legacy of Edward Said 195
Second letter on Algeria (August 22, 1837) 201
Who are the Palestinians? 217
The power of myths in Israeli society : historical realities and political dogmatism 227
The logic behind the Geneva Accord 233
West Bank settlements obstruct peace : Israel's empire state building 247
Orwell and Kafka in Israel-Palestine 253
The guiding principles and the U.S. "mandate" for Iraq : twentieth-century colonialism and America's new empire 269
The Iraqi conflict and its impact on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict 279
Iraqnophobia versus reality 283
Whither independence? : Iraq in perspective : from despotism to occupation 293
September 11 and the terror war : the Bush legacy and the risks of unilateralism 303
Europe as a political project 323
Multilateralism : for a new political enlightenment 331
Globalism : the new market ideology 341
The silence of words and political dynamics in the world risk society 353
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