9781781680193

Welcome to the Desert of the Real: Five Essays on September 11 and Related Dates

  • ISBN 13:

    9781781680193

  • ISBN 10:

    1781680191

  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 01/16/2013
  • Publisher: VERSO

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Summary

Liberals and conservatives proclaim the end of the American holiday from history. Now the easy games are over; one should take sides. iek argues this is precisely the temptation to be resisted. In such moments of apparently clear choices, the real alternatives are most hidden. Welcome to the Desert of the Real steps back, complicating the choices imposed on us. It proposes that global capitalism is fundamentalist and that America was complicit in the rise of Muslim fundamentalism. It points to our dreaming about the catastrophe in numerous disaster movies before it happened, and explores the irony that the tragedy has been used to legitimize torture. Last but not least it analyzes the fiasco of the predominant leftist response to the events.

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