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Michael Ignatieff : The Lesser Evil? (Paperback)

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One of the most influential intellectuals in the English-speaking world, MichaelIgnatieff?s story is generally understood to be that of an ambitious, accomplishedprogressive politician and writer, whose work and thought fit within an enlightenedpolitical tradition valuing human rights and diversity. Here, journalist DerrickO?Keefe argues otherwise. In this scrupulous assessment of Ignatieff?s life andpolitics, he reveals that Ignatieff?s human rights discourse has served to mask hisidentification with political and economic elites.

Tracing the course of his career over the last thirty years, from his involvement withthe battles between Thatcher and the coal miners in the 1980s to the Balkan Wars ofthe 1990s, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Israel?s 2009 invasion of Gaza, O?Keefe proposesthat Ignatieff and his political tradition have in fact stood in opposition to theextension of democracy and the pursuit of economic equality. Michael Ignatieff: TheLesser Evil? is a timely assessment of the Ignatieff phenomenon, and of what it tellsus about the politics of the English-speaking West today.

About the series: Counterblasts is a new Verso series that aims to revive the tradition of polemical writinginaugurated by Puritan and leveller pamphleteers in the seventeenth century, when in the wordsof one of them, Gerard Winstanley, the old world was ?running up like parchment in the fire.?From 1640 to 1663, a leading bookseller and publisher, George Thomason, recorded that hiscollection alone contained over twenty thousand pamphlets. such polemics reappeared bothbefore and during the French, Russian, Chinese and Cuban revolutions of the last century.In a period of conformity where politicians, media barons and their ideologicalhirelings rarely challenge the basis of existing society, it?s time to revive the tradition.Verso?s Counterblasts will challenge the apologists of Empire and Capital.


Publisher Verso Books
Mfg Part# 9781844676156
SKU 212930594
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1844676153
Release Date 8/13/2012
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