[Marxism] Good stuff in the latest LRB

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Dec 21 06:25:10 MST 2006

Vol. 29 No. 1 :: 4 January 2007

Corey Robin: Careerism and Hannah Arendt

Why Arendt Matters by Elisabeth Young-Bruehl

Hannah Arendt: The Jewish Writings ed. Jerome Kohn and Ron Feldman

Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt

Last year marked the centenary of Hannah Arendt’s 
birth. From Slovenia to Waco, conferences, 
readings and exhibitions were convened in her 
honour. This month, Schocken Books is issuing a 
new collection of her writings, its fifth 
publication of her work in four years. Penguin 
has reissued On Revolution, Eichmann in Jerusalem 
and Between Past and Future. And Yale has 
inaugurated a new series, ‘Why X Matters’, with 
Elisabeth Young-Bruehl’s Why Arendt Matters. 
Arendt would undoubtedly have been pleased by all 
this. She didn’t like attention, but she did love 
birthdays. Birth meant the arrival of a new being 
who would, or could, say and do things no one had 
said or done before. [ read more . . . ]
The General in his Labyrinth
Tariq Ali: Pakistan, Afghanistan and the US

If there is a single consistent theme in Pervez 
Musharraf’s memoir, it is the familiar military 
dogma that Pakistan has fared better under its 
generals than under its politicians. The first 
batch of generals were the offspring of the 
departing colonial power. They had been taught to 
obey orders, respect the command structure of the 
army whatever the cost and uphold the traditions 
of the British Indian Army. The bureaucrats who 
ran Pakistan in its early days were the product 
of imperial selection procedures designed to turn 
out incorruptible civil servants wearing a mask 
of objectivity. The military chain of command is 
still respected, but the civil service now 
consists largely of ruthlessly corrupt 
time-servers. Once its members were loyal to the 
imperial state: today they cater to the needs of the army. [ read more . . . ]
Bile, Blood, Bilge, Mulch
Daniel Soar: What’s got into Martin Amis?

House of Meetings by Martin Amis

Martin Amis’s newest book, House of Meetings, is 
a short novel that purportedly describes 
conditions inside a Soviet forced labour camp. A 
sick and malingering prisoner is confined to an 
isolation chamber, where he squats on a bench for 
a week over ‘knee-deep bilge’. A blind-drunk 
guard, a woman-beater, spends the night outside 
at forty degrees below – and wakes up, 
frost-mangled, without any hands. The inmates 
hack one another apart with machine-tools. There 
are ‘vicings, awlings, lathings, manic 
jackhammerings, atrocious chisellings’. [ read more . . . ]

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