[Marxism] Fwd: Washington Monthly | Not Yet Falling Apart

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Feb 3 05:31:50 MST 2017


Mark Lilla’s most recent book, The Shipwrecked Mind: On Political 
Reaction, is a few things.

It’s a companion to his 2001 book The Reckless Mind: Intellectuals in 
Politics, which is also a collection of elegant, accessible essays on 
major intellectuals of the 20th century (more left-wing in the earlier 
book; more right-wing in the newer one). It’s a study of major thinkers 
who have questioned, condemned, or deconstructed some of the basic 
premises of modernity. It’s an implicit, and occasionally explicit, 
brief for liberalism as both a political framework and a disposition. 
And though it was published before Trump’s election, and mostly written 
before he was even a candidate, it’s an incredibly timely book.

It’s also an indirect response, I suspect, to Corey Robin’s The 
Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin, which 
Lilla reviewed, with uncharacteristic venom, in the January 12, 2012 
issue of The New York Review of Books.

full: http://washingtonmonthly.com/2017/02/02/not-yet-falling-apart/



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