By Gilbert Achar
During this selection of essays, Gilbert Achcar examines the arguable dating of Marxism to faith, to Orientalism and its critique through Edward acknowledged, and to the idea that of cosmopolitanism.
A compelling diversity of matters is mentioned inside those pages, together with a comparative evaluation of Christian liberation theology and Islamic fundamentalism; “Orientalism in reverse”, that can take the shape of an apology for Islamic fundamentalism; the evolution of Marx’s appraisal of non-Western societies; and the vagaries of “cosmopolitanism” as much as our current period of globalisation.
Erudite and incisive, those essays supply an immense contribution to the severe dialogue of Marxism, Orientalism and cosmopolitanism, and light up the relationships among all three.
From Michael Löwy's overview in Radical Philosophy:
This extraordinary little booklet is a assortment of 4 essays, so much of which deal with matters raised by means of Edward Said’s Orientalism...
Achcar’s personal strong end [in the final component of the publication dedicated to ‘Marxism and Cosmopolitanism’] brings jointly the 2 ideas of the Marxist culture: rebel and internationalist cosmopolitanism. it's this mixture, instead of postcolonial nationalism, that's the real antithesis of neoliberal cosmopolitanism.
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One of our comrades approached a leading Arab mili tant and translated into Arabic the Hebrew side of the leaflet. The railwayman was really shocked, and after confirming the translation with someone else, he broke from the Stalinists and joined our group. Alas, throughout the long months and years, in spite of really great efforts on our part, the group continued to be minuscule. Even more frustrating, it had no impact at all on the working class. As a matter of fact, the average branch of the Socialist Workers Party in Britain today has greater impact than we had in Palestine.
Building a Trotskyist organisation in Palestine From 1938 until September 1946 I was engaged in an effort to build a Trotskyist organisation in Palestine. It was very hard going. Throughout the world Trotskyism, the Fourth International, never managed to bring about a large-scale breakaway from the ranks of the traditional parties of the labour movement. In this its fate was very different to that of the First, Second and Third Internationals. The First International was made up of relatively large organisa tions, and although there was a break of some two decades between the end of the First and establishment of the Second International, many thousands who were members of the First joined the Second.
38 Chapter 2 The crisis of Trotskyism On our way from Palestine to Britain Chanie and I passed through Paris. We visited the headquarters of the Fourth International. Until then I had concentrated my research on developments in the Arab East, above all Egypt and Palestine. I only glanced at developments elsewhere. We visited Paris just five months after the Inter national Pre-Conference of the Fourth International, which took place in April 1946 (the founding conference was in 1938). I must say I read its resolutions with a feeling of unease.