The Logos Reader: Rational Radicalism and the Future of Politics

The Logos Reader: Rational Radicalism and the Future of Politics

by Michael J. Thompson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813123682

ISBN-13: 9780813123684

Pub. Date: 01/28/2005

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813123684
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 6.16(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Introduction1
Part IWhither America?
American Landscape: Lies, Fears, and the Distortion of Democracy9
How to Be an Intelligent Anti-American17
The Federal Marriage Amendment and the Attack on American Democracy27
Fahrenheit 9/11: The Real Lowdown39
The Never-ending War on the Welfare State45
Part IITheoretical Encounters
Leo Strauss and the Rhetoric of the War on Terror59
Dual-Layered Time: Reflections on T. W. Adorno in the 1950s75
Anthony Giddens's Third Way: A Critique81
How Dinesh Gets Over: The Unmeritorious Scholarship of Dinesh D'Souza99
A Mills Revival?117
Part IIIPolitical Recollections
The Price of Heavenly Peace: Tiananmen Square Fifteen Years Later141
But on a Quiet Day ... A Tribute to Arundhati Roy149
Flight from Van: Memories of an Armenian Genocide Survivor165
Dharma and the Bomb: Postmodern Critiques of Science and the Rise of Reactionary Modernism in India179
The Political Legacy of Edward Said195
Second Letter on Algeria (August 22, 1837)201
Part IVIsrael and Palestine
Who Are the Palestinians?217
The Power of Myths in Israeli Society: Historical Realities and Political Dogmatism227
The Logic behind the Geneva Accord233
West Bank Settlements Obstruct Peace: Israel's Empire State Building247
Orwell and Kafka in Israel-Palestine253
Part VIraq: Imperialism and Invasion
The Guiding Principles and the U.S. "Mandate" for Iraq: Twentieth-Century Colonialism and America's New Empire269
The Iraqi Conflict and Its Impact on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict279
Iraqnophobia versus Reality283
Whither Independence? Iraq in Perspective: From Despotism to Occupation293
Part VITransnational Realities
September 11 and the Terror War: The Bush Legacy and the Risks of Unilateralism303
Europe as a Political Project323
Multilateralism: For a New Political Enlightenment331
Globalism: The New Market Ideology341
The Silence of Words and Political Dynamics in the World Risk Society353
List of Contributors369
Index373

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