In these tense times of increasingly explicit racism, most recently against the Roma in France, the French philosopher Jacques Rancière has made a very trenchant intervention. Speaking at a public meeting on "Why the Roma?" in Montreuil on 11 September, Rancière launched a precise attack on what he calls "left-wing intellectual racism" that tries to describe racism as simply a "passion of the popular classes" that the state can either seek or fail to channel or block, thereby occluding the active role of the state itself in creating, reproducing and intensifying racist divisions.
Tariq Ali opens his US tour for The Obama Syndrome with an appearance on GRITtv with Laura Flanders and Alexander Cockburn.
We've had a lot of talk this week about the Left: where is it? Why does the media ignore it? What can we do to rebuild it? And whose fault is any of this? The mainstream media might ignore voices from the Left, but here on GRITtv those are just the voices that matter—and today, for a special feature, we welcome two you may have heard of: Tariq Ali and Alexander Cockburn.
Truthout.org has reviewed Living in the End Times, calling the book a "razor-sharp analysis":
The landscape of the world in Slavoj Žižek's Living in the End Times is dotted with incomprehensible horrors. Global ice sheets melt and various countries rush to plant their flags in order to profit from the exposed resources that lay below.
In her Fall Books Preview for the Chicago Sun-Times, Books Editor Teresa Budasi spotlights new and forthcoming books on Obama, including Tariq Ali's The Obama Syndrome: Surrender at Home, War Abroad. The article, entitled "President Cranks the Volume," opens with talk of Bob Woodward's Obama's Wars and goes on to point out that the majority of the books in question are not at all favorable to Obama.
Visit the Chicago Sun-Times to read the article in full.
First published in 1972, Ronald Fraser's In Hiding: The Life of Manuel Cortés was reviewed at length that same year by Arthur Miller in the New York Times. Miller fell in love with the book:
As it unfolds, modestly, factually and without pretension, one finds oneself discovering what the Spanish Civil War was really about ...
Ronald Fraser makes no overt claim to having created a novel, but it reads like one ... In the mountain of books about the war there cannot be another so brief and yet so complete, so unguarded and yet so subtle, so movingly human as this.