Spectrum: From Right to Left in the World of Ideas.SPECTRUM: FROM RIGHT TO LEFT IN THE WORLD OF IDEAS
By Perry Anderson
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OUR SHARED SENSE of the state's proper role and responsibilities is in a parlous state. After Katrina, the federal government looked to private charity for responses to the crisis. Americans too often cede the state's responsibilities of care and concern, especially to communities of color not of the white race; - commonly meaning, esp. in the United States, of negro blood, pure or mixed.
See also: Color , as Katrina graphically demonstrated.
This crisis is not merely political. Common understandings of justice and the demands we fairly make of the state and each other have collapsed. Perry Anderson's new collection of essays on twentieth century political thought suggests how this happens and hints at responses as it tills the rich soil of the last century's intellectual trends. Anderson was an early editor of New Left Review and today is a professor of history and sociology at UCLA UCLA University of California at Los Angeles
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UCLA University of Carrollton, TX and Lower Addison, TX . The essays collected in Spectrum, prepared over an extended period, provide incisive portraits of critical intellectuals Friedrich von Hayek on the right to Eric Hobsbawm Eric John Ernest Hobsbawm CH (born June 9, 1917) is a British Marxist historian and author. Hobsbawm was a long-standing member of the now defunct Communist Party of Great Britain and the associated Communist Party Historians Group. He is president of Birkbeck, University of London. on the left.
Rare among American thinkers, Anderson explains the strength of the intellectual right, critiques the weakness of the so-called center and draws on the Global South as a source of innovative ideas. This collection includes an insightful essay on Gabriel Garcia Marquez Gar·cí·a Már·quez , Gabriel Born 1928.
Colombian-born writer known especially for his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967). He won the 1982 Nobel Prize for literature. , while a previous collection (A Zone of Engagement) took on the Brazilian Roberto Unger.
Despite his writings for New Left Review and The Nation, Anderson remains less known than he deserves. By providing an invaluable guide to the state of political thought today, Spectrum should, by rights, be the start of a resurgence of new interest in his rich and rewarding work.