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The Extreme Centre: A Warning Paperback – 2 Feb 2015
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“Ali remains an outlier and intellectual bomb-thrower; an urbane, Oxford-educated polemicist.” – Observer
“It will not open doors at the White House because it makes for uncomfortable reading ... a wide-ranging and powerfully argued critique, that gives pause for thought.” – (in praise of The Obama Syndrome: Surrender at Home, War Abroad), Financial Times
“Tariq Ali has not lost the passion and vim which made him a symbol of the spirit of ‘68 ... has not seen fit to join forces with the terminally cynical, or set up a graven god that can be accused of failing ... Ali has spent much of his life documenting America as the arsenal of counter-revolution.” – Christopher Hitchens (in praise of Street-Fighting Years: An Autobiography of the Sixties), Observer
“For years, left-wing critics have framed the debate. Angela Davis, Ruthie Gilmore, Marc Mauer and, more recently, Michelle Alexander gave us the terminology to speak about all this: the prison industrial complex, abolition, non-reform reform and The New Jim Crow…. [Ali’s theorized term “extreme center”] provides us with a new language to describe our problems…[O]ne of the key tasks of the extreme center is to take center stage, to ensure that no alternative seems either reasonable or possible.” – James Kilgore, author of Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People’s Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of our Era, CounterPunch
About the Author
TARIQ ALI is a writer and filmmaker. He has written more than a dozen books on world history and politics--including Pirates of the Caribbean, Bush in Babylon, The Clash of Fundamentalisms and The Obama Syndrome --as well as five novels in his Islam Quintet series and scripts for the stage and screen. He is an editor of the New Left Review and lives in London.
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He focuses on the current (at the start of 2015) state of affairs in regards to the UK (within the EU, as a satellite state of the US, and with Scotland debating departure from the Union), and places it in a larger context of neoliberal hegemony that has held the world by the throat since Thatcher/Reagan.
A no-holds-barred indictment of the political and economic Establishment, and a must-read for any politically-minded individual who wants to learn about what is happening to the world from the words of someone who thinks we can do better.