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Terror and Liberalism

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A manifesto for an aggressive liberal response to terrorist attacks.

One of our most brilliant public intellectuals, Paul Berman has spent his career writing on revolutionary movements and their totalitarian aspects. Here he argues that, in the terror war, we are not facing a battle of the West against Islam — a clash of civilizations. We are facing, instead, the same battle that tore apart Europe during most of the twentieth century, only in a new version. It is the clash of liberalism and its enemies — the battle between freedom and totalitarianism that arose in Europe many years ago and spread to the Muslim world.

The author considers the wars against fascism and communism from the past, and draws cautionary lessons. But he also draws from those past experiences a liberal program for the present — a program that departs in fundamental respects from the policies of the Bush administration.

Review:

"Using Camus's The Rebel as a departing point, Berman charts how the cultural song of murderous absolutism — the proxy music of terror, with over-the-rainbow paradise as its hook — went from the 19th century's underground noise to the top of the 20th's charts. The big beat of death-instinct drums made for the century's ultimate crossover hit?moving contagiously from the fascist right to the communist left, then from the secular West to the Islamist East." Howard Hampton, Village Voice

Review:

"A former MacArthur fellow and a contributing editor to the New Republic, Berman offers an argument that will be welcomed by disaffected progressives looking for a new analysis of today's world." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Berman, one of America's leading public intellectuals, has written the first significant ideological contribution to the United States' war on terror....It is not perfect, but it deserves, even demands, to be read." Foreign Affairs

Synopsis:

A manifesto for an aggressive liberal response to terrorist attacks, this text argues that the terror war is not a battle of the West against Islam but a continuation of the battle between freedom and totalitarianism that arose in Europe many years ago and spread to the Muslim world.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 211-214).

Synopsis:

One of our Most Brilliant public intellectuals, Paul Berman has spent his career writing on revolutionary movements and their totalitarian aspects. Here he argues that, in the terror war, we are not facing a battle of the West against Islam--a clash of civilizations. We are facing, instead, the same battle that tore apart Europe during most of the twentieth century, only in a new version. It is the clash of liberalism and its enemies--the battle between freedom and totalitarianism that arose in Europe many years ago and spread to the Muslim world. The author considers the wars against fascism and communism from the past, and draws cautionary lessons. But he also draws from those past experiences a liberal program for the present--a program that departs in fundamental respects from the policies of the Bush administration.

About the Author

Paul Berman is a contributing editor of The New Republic and a senior fellow of the World Policy Institute. He has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. His books include Debating P. C. and A Tale of Two Utopias.

Table of Contents

Against Nixon — Armageddon in its modern versions — In the shade of the Koran — The hideous schizophrenia — The politics of slaughter — Wishful thinking — Mental war.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393057751
Author:
Berman, Paul
Publisher:
Libri
Author:
Berman, Paul
Location:
New York
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
Terrorism
Subject:
Liberalism
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
GTR-554
Publication Date:
April 2003
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
214 p.
Dimensions:
8.48x5.88x.88 in. .85 lbs.

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Product details 214 p. pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393057751 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Using Camus's The Rebel as a departing point, Berman charts how the cultural song of murderous absolutism — the proxy music of terror, with over-the-rainbow paradise as its hook — went from the 19th century's underground noise to the top of the 20th's charts. The big beat of death-instinct drums made for the century's ultimate crossover hit?moving contagiously from the fascist right to the communist left, then from the secular West to the Islamist East."
"Review" by , "A former MacArthur fellow and a contributing editor to the New Republic, Berman offers an argument that will be welcomed by disaffected progressives looking for a new analysis of today's world."
"Review" by , "Berman, one of America's leading public intellectuals, has written the first significant ideological contribution to the United States' war on terror....It is not perfect, but it deserves, even demands, to be read."
"Synopsis" by , A manifesto for an aggressive liberal response to terrorist attacks, this text argues that the terror war is not a battle of the West against Islam but a continuation of the battle between freedom and totalitarianism that arose in Europe many years ago and spread to the Muslim world.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 211-214).
"Synopsis" by , One of our Most Brilliant public intellectuals, Paul Berman has spent his career writing on revolutionary movements and their totalitarian aspects. Here he argues that, in the terror war, we are not facing a battle of the West against Islam--a clash of civilizations. We are facing, instead, the same battle that tore apart Europe during most of the twentieth century, only in a new version. It is the clash of liberalism and its enemies--the battle between freedom and totalitarianism that arose in Europe many years ago and spread to the Muslim world. The author considers the wars against fascism and communism from the past, and draws cautionary lessons. But he also draws from those past experiences a liberal program for the present--a program that departs in fundamental respects from the policies of the Bush administration.
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