One of the best books of the year to come across my desk was Steve Fraser’s The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power… 756 more words
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Great passage as always from Eagleton. But one caveat. I would be inclined to apply the achingly noble title of ‘intellectual,’ rather than ‘scholar,’ to neoconservative and liberal interventionist professors who are essentially ‘useful clevers’ for the establishment. 276 more words
Terry Eagleton penned an eloquent essay on the academic decline of British universities, especially in the humanities. A few passages:
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Universities, which in Britain have an 800-year history, have traditionally been derided as ivory towers, and there was always some truth in the accusation.
The Soul of the Marionette, John Gray, Allen Lane
Rarely does anyone say they don’t want to be free, but with the increasing pressure of a globalised world, talk of freedom has had a resurgence in recent years, whether from the Right, who see threats from radical Islamists and the overreach of government, to the Left, who see threats to freedom of speech and to freedom from global capitalism’s tendency to enslave the poor. 1,306 more words
Note this review was orginally written for a now long defunct livejournal.
I like Terry Eagleton well enough. 251 more words
Capitalist modernity: instrumentalism, power, profit, material survival, management, manipulation, self interested calculation, private morality. Culture is for material production, decoration for the new material consumer social order, distraction during non work hours. 196 more words