The Clash of Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder

Gilbert Achcar is not widely known in Anglo-Saxon circles. His brand of political
scholarship is very French and his brand of intellectual politics is also very much
a product of the French left. As a leading light of one of the revolutionary Marxist
groups in Parisian life (the Ligue communiste révolutionnaire), he has spent what
many would dismiss as wasted hours debating the applications of anti-imperialist
theory to Iraq’s elections with sparring partners like Alex Callinicos. His American
and British partners of choice are Noam Chomsky and Tariq Ali. His pet hates,
Salman Rushdie and, inevitably, André Glucksmann. His background will not
immediately endear him to Anglo-Saxon audiences.

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