Left in Dark Times

Left in Dark Times

A Stand Against the New Barbarism

Book - 2008
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In this unprecedented critique, Bernard-Henri Lévy, one of the world's leading intellectuals revisits his political roots, scrutinizes the totalitarianisms of the past as well as those on the horizon, and argues powerfully for a new political and moral vision for our times. Are human rights Western or universal? Does anti-Semitism have a future, and, if so, what will it look like? And how is it that progressives themselves--those who in the past defended individual rights and fought fascism--have now become the breeding ground for new kinds of dangerous attitudes: an unthinking loathing of Israel; an obsessive anti-Americanism; an idea of "tolerance" that, in its justification of Islamic fanaticism, for example, could become the "cemetery of democracies"; and an indifference, masked by relativism, to the greatest human tragedies facing the world today? Illuminating these and other questions, Lévy also brings to life his own autobiography, highlighting the thinkers he has known and scrutinized and the ideological battles he has fought over thirty years--revealing their bearing on the present. Above all, Lévy offers a powerful new vision for progressives everywhere, one based neither on the failed idealisms of the past neither nor on their current misguided, bigoted, and dangerously sentimental attachments but on an absolute commitment to combat evil in all its guises. The "new barbarism" Levy compellingly diagnoses is real and must be confronted. At a time of ideological and political transition in America,Left in Dark Timesis a polemical, incendiary articulation of the threats we all face--in many cases without our even being aware of it--and a riveting, cogent stand against those threats. Surprising and sure to be controversial, wise and free of cynicism, it is one of the most important books yet written by one of the crucial voices of our time. Praise for Bernard-Henri Lévy'sAmerican Vertigo "An entertaining trip, as much in the tradition of Jack Kerouac as Tocqueville." --The New York Times "Perceptive, pugnacious, passionate [and] exquisitely written." --The New York Observer "It's difficult to remember when a writer of any nationality so clearly and thoughtfully delineated both the good and bad in America. [Grade:] A." --Entertainment Weekly(Editor's Choice) "Lévy is a true friend of the American experiment and a comrade in the American struggle against the barbarisms." --The New Republic "Lévy writes brilliantly.American Vertigois filled with insights and goodwill." --The Wall Street Journal "Provocative . . . [Lévy is] a writer of enormous power and vitality." --San Francisco Chronicle "Vigorous . . . impressive." --The Boston Globe
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2008.
ISBN: 9781400064359
Characteristics: xviii, 233 p. ;,25 cm.

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naturalist
Jul 16, 2019

but, what if the barbarians and/or the fascists are Americans???
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GargantuasReader
Nov 03, 2015

Courageous analysis, BHL has ever been on the front line of the actuality and in this book he makes his best to reveal the hidden part of the iceberg with no 'langue de bois'. He has a way to enlightened the deep streams leading the world that requires the reader to question his own reason.

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