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5.0 out of 5 stars Look at his critics!, 3 May 2013
This review is from: What's Left?: How the Left Lost its Way: How Liberals Lost Their Way (Paperback)
Cohen's book has stirred a hornets' nest and it is easy to see why. He honestly confesses to a Damascene conversion that caused him, Hitchens-like, to mitigate his old allegiance to the Socialist Left. He traces the Iraq war and its proponents and the discussion of it on the Left. And he castigates the Left, which he sees as largely animated by anti-Americanism. In some ways his is a one man 'The God That Failed' Dick Crossman's book. In that collection of essays writers who became disillusioned with Communism, such as Orwell, Silone and Gide, revealed their repudiations of Communism largely due to the horror at its Soviet style implementation as Marxism-Leninism and caused a firestorm of revulsion by their erstwhile comrades. Cohen's experience seems not unlike these writers in the 1950's in its Cold War context. Here against the background of fundamentalist Islam, Cohen finds the Left all too eager to shed its Enlightenment principles and seeing nothing odd about it. He does. This book too can give any liberal or other leftist pause and, as such, is worth your time if only to sharpen your case against.
What does NOT impress are 1 star reviews whose writers see fit to deride Cohen et al with insulting epithets without seeing how it reveals their own position; such tactics' cheapness seems to escape them. It is not clever and it certainly isn't funny; in fact it is counterproductive (calling Aronovitch 'Fatty' makes one wonder what they might call a Person of Colour. Shame on them).
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Initial post: 5 Jun 2013 20:34:24 BDT
T. S. C. says:
The Left now seems largely dominated by the Middle class London metropolitan types; aware of their own class prejudices and privileged position within the class system, they become guilty. This guilt manifests itself in side issues that don't affect the affluences and privileges of the Middle class, henceforth a vociferous defence of 'black rights' 'womens rights' 'immigrants rights' 'Muslim rights' and so on.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2013 20:41:49 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Jun 2013 16:14:23 BDT
Hello T.S.C.
In my incarnation as a teacher I had a colleague who came back to school from a training course. She seemed pleased so I asked why and she said "I have finally learned not to say blackboard". Genuinely curious about this sort of thing, I asked why it was 'inappropriate' to use such a word. Answer, "I don't know.".
Oh and 'we' introduced mixed ability teaching at our comprehensive. It might even have been the best thing to do, for all. What irked me was that it was done on ideological grounds; no-one seemed bothered as to whether it achieved anything, just that it be brought in.
School sport: in teacher training there was a very anti-competitive sport ethos, regarding it as anathema. In the lecture on it, ALL agreed but me. I got the distinct impression that these people were so keen vicariously to CARE for the delicate 'working class' that it was decided we all be anti competitive re. sport. Except me. Like a bunch of Mrs Jellybys in, was it? 'Bleak House'.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jun 2013 15:06:27 BDT
Gary Selikow says:
The far left of today are sheep=they take every position they do because their friends are doing it. for example they hate Israel because thats what you supposed to do if you on the left. And it is now hip to hate working class whites too. But they are vicious sheep who savage the watchdog that tries to warn to bark-hence the vicuousness towards Nick Cohen , Melanie Philips, Julie Burchill and everyone else who warns about these trends
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