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Bland fanatics : liberals, race, and empire / Pankaj Mishra.

Mishra, Pankaj, (author.).

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"In America and in England, faltering economies at home and failed wars abroad have generated a political and intellectual hysteria. It is a derangement manifested in a number of ways: nostalgia for imperialism, xenophobic paranoia, and denunciations of an allegedly intolerant left. These symptoms can be found even among the most informed of Anglo-America.... Pankaj Mishra examines the politics and culture of this hysteria, challenging the dominant establishment discourses of our times. In essays that grapple with the meaning and content of Anglo-American liberalism and its relations with colonialism, the global South, Islam, and "humanitarian" war, Mishra confronts writers such as Jordan Peterson, Niall Ferguson, and Salman Rushdie. He describes the doubling down of an intelligentsia against a background of weakening Anglo-American hegemony, and he explores the commitments of Ta-Nehisi Coates and the ideological determinations of The Economist. These essays provide a vantage point from which to understand the current crisis and its deep origins."
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Hood River County Library 320.513 MIS 2020 (Text) 33892100729046 Adult New Books Book None 03/30/2021 Checked out 05/20/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780374293314
  • ISBN: 0374293317
  • Physical Description: 218 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First American edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Originally published in 2020 by Verso, Great Britain"--Title page verso.
Includes index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction -- Watch this man -- The culture of fear -- The religion of whiteness -- The personal as political -- The man of fourteen points -- Bland fanatics -- The age of the crisis of man -- Free markets and social Darwinism in Mumbai -- The lure of fascist mysticism -- What is great about ourselves -- Why do white people like what I write? -- The mask it wears -- The final religion -- Bumbling chumocrats -- The Economist and liberalism -- England's last roar.
Summary, etc.:
"In America and in England, faltering economies at home and failed wars abroad have generated a political and intellectual hysteria. It is a derangement manifested in a number of ways: nostalgia for imperialism, xenophobic paranoia, and denunciations of an allegedly intolerant left. These symptoms can be found even among the most informed of Anglo-America.... Pankaj Mishra examines the politics and culture of this hysteria, challenging the dominant establishment discourses of our times. In essays that grapple with the meaning and content of Anglo-American liberalism and its relations with colonialism, the global South, Islam, and "humanitarian" war, Mishra confronts writers such as Jordan Peterson, Niall Ferguson, and Salman Rushdie. He describes the doubling down of an intelligentsia against a background of weakening Anglo-American hegemony, and he explores the commitments of Ta-Nehisi Coates and the ideological determinations of The Economist. These essays provide a vantage point from which to understand the current crisis and its deep origins." -- Publisher's description.
Subject: Liberalism.
Extremists.
Ideology.
Right and left (Political science)
Postcolonialism.
East and West.
Genre: Essays.

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