Paul Berman is the author of A Tale of Two Utopias: The Political Journey of the Generation of 1968 (1997), Terror and Liberalism (2003) and Power and the Idealists, or, The Passion of Joschka Fischer and its Aftermath (2005). Over the years he has written about politics and literature for The New York Times Magazine and Book Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, Mother Jones, and other magazines. He is a contributing editor of the New Republic, a member of the editorial board of Dissent, and a writer in residence at New York University. Ellen Willis has written that ‘The left’s ability to address the issue Berman raises is nothing less than a test of its ability to make sense of the contemporary world.’ The interview was conducted on May 24 2006.
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