The Liberal Defence of Murder Hardcover – 1 Dec 2008
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A welcome critical engagement, meaningful intellectualism and unbashed factual analysis. --Ariane Koek, Resurgence
Seymour s analysis has truly impressive breadth and depth. --Maria Ryan, Journal of American Studies
Indispensable ... Seymour brilliantly uncovers the pre-history and modern reality of the so-called 'pro-war Left.' --China Mieville, author of Perdido Street Station
About the Author
Richard Seymour lives, works and writes in London. He runs the Lenin's Tomb website, which comments on the War on Terror, Islamophobia and neoliberalism.
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The book focusses on those ostensibly liberal "thinkers" who supported military interventions by western states (imperial in the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth century, so-called "liberal democracys" in the latter half of the twentieth) against states in the non-western world. Seymour engages with a number of these "thinkers", their justifications for "liberal" military intervention, and highlights the massive gap between the idealistic rhetoric and the sordid reality. On a more general level the degree of ignorance (or mendacity) that such celebrated figures as US president Woodrow Wilson, Bernard Henri-Levy, Paul Berman, Michael Ignatief, Christopher Hitchens and Arthur Schlesinger Jr exhibit in their writings and exhortations is made crystal clear; the degree of continuity between the imperial/colonial mentality, the cold war "CIA socialists" (see Francis Stonor Saunders incomparable Who Paid the Piper?: CIA and the Cultural Cold War) and that of the liberal interventionists is also examined.Read more ›
Seymour's polemic is apparently motivated by an attempt to undercut the liberal supporters of Bush's wars, like the increasingly yawnsome Christopher Hitchens. This is why the intro and prologue contain a mixture of scattergun arguments, witticisms, interviews, gossip and testimonials, and bitter critique of the 'clash of civilizations'-style stories used to demonise Muslims and justify wars. But it is only when you get to the meat of the text, the four chapters making up the main body of the book, that you start to see how all this fits together. And it's here that the text rises above the usual polemics. Only when you've been through the colonial era, the Cold War, and the era of humanitarian interventions do you really see how deep the rabbit hole goes. Then you understand that pro-war liberalism is not a transitory phenomenon, but merely a recent expression of an old blight.Read more ›
The author discusses not just the nature and development of the new war-mongering on the part of supposed 'Leftists', but also goes into detail on the history of this type of warfare. Unfortunately, at times this becomes simply yet another list of the many and multifarious imperialist crimes and interventions on the part of Britain, France, the United States etc. in the long and sordid history of imperialism, with the link to specifically leftist or 'liberal' politics sometimes being rather unclear. Yet this is contrasted by Seymour with more in-depth portraits and commentaries on the various current opinion leaders involved with forging the new pro-imperialist consensus among the 'respectable' Left, which contains an interesting range of different people, from Christopher Hitchens to Makiya and from Samantha Power to Norman Geras. Richard Seymour is deservedly unsparing of these modern apologists for imperialist war, but he also takes care to properly describe and contextualize their positions and arguments, which is quite helpful since it allows a succesful and effective contrast between their claims on the one hand and their opportunism and hypocrisy on the other. This, after all, is the point of the book, and in that sense it is definitely a useful and important read.Read more ›
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If you are 'expecting 'a 'balanced' 'debate' anywhere in this 'book' then be prepared to be 'disappointed.' Aren't 'inverted' commas 'wearisome? Read morePublished 7 months ago by D. Sedgwick
This book is really not worth the time reading it. I was hoping for something fresh and different but it is really just a rehashing of many other people's work.Published 11 months ago by Leon Tidbury
With respect to M A Krull's review, the errors he mentions have now been corrected in the second edition. Read morePublished on 28 Aug. 2012 by Paul Jakubovic
Richard Seymour, who runs the Lenin's Tomb website, has written a fascinating study of Britain's imperial wars and their liberal apologists. Read morePublished on 16 Oct. 2009 by William Podmore
Elegantly written, impeccably researched, with occasional flashes of wry Chomskyan dark humor. Whether or not you agree with the author's point of view, his attention to otherwise... Read morePublished on 2 Dec. 2008 by senryu
Richard Seymour runs the 'Lenin's Tomb' blogsite, a site I enjoy lurking at, and this is his first book. I enjoyed it. Read morePublished on 27 Nov. 2008 by Germinal
... for I have never seen such an assault on the English language as the one presented here. I defy any rational human being to read more than ten pages of this extraordinary... Read morePublished on 23 Nov. 2008 by Sgt Pinback