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