Left Eye on Books

Sunday, November 02, 2008

interview with Bacevich

Tom's Dispatch has a phone interview with Andrew Bacevich. Bacevich's new book, The Limits of Power, is excellent, and although he is clearly by disposition a fairly moderate conservative, his critique is more sweeping and audacious than that of many on the left.

Mike Davis on Against the Grain

Interview with Mike Davis on Against the Grain. Davis' discussion of the crucial position of the Chinese working class is right on, but then he gives way to his tendency to look morbidly on developments in the US, rather than identifying opportunities.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Naomi Klein and her Critics

Naomi Klein has a piece on Common Dreams responding to her critics here. For someone who complains about how she has mostly been ignored by her targets, her decision to ignore critics to her left grates. To read her, one might get the impression that the Shock Doctrine is the first serious critical examination of neoliberalism, or, worse, that the only people who disagree with her glorification of Keynesianism and her economistic reading of the last forty years of history are on the right. Nothing could be further from the truth. Her book has its virtues, but its failure to consider some of the tensions within the right wing counterassault (differences between neoliberalism and neoconservatism, for example), her inability to place US power in a global context, her marginalization of anti-capitalism in favor of Keynesianism, make it a weak guide for the left. Lengthier thoughts here.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Update

Posted a review of Revolutionaries to Race Leaders by Brad Duncan. My own thoughts on this book are here.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

New Update

Added a review of Radical Passions.