• Title: The Liberal Defence of Murder
  • Author: Richard Seymour
  • ISBN: 9781844672400
  • Page: 277
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Liberal Defence of Murder A war that has killed over a million Iraqis was a lsquo humanitarian interventionrsquo the US army is a force for liberation and the main threat to world peace is posed by Islam Those are the argum
    A war that has killed over a million Iraqis was a lsquo humanitarian interventionrsquo , the US army is a force for liberation, and the main threat to world peace is posed by Islam.Those are the arguments of a host of liberal commentators, ranging from Christopher Hitchens to Kanan Makiya, Michael Ignatieff, Paul Berman, and Bernard Henri Levy In this critical iA war that has killed over a million Iraqis was a lsquo humanitarian interventionrsquo , the US army is a force for liberation, and the main threat to world peace is posed by Islam.Those are the arguments of a host of liberal commentators, ranging from Christopher Hitchens to Kanan Makiya, Michael Ignatieff, Paul Berman, and Bernard Henri Levy In this critical intervention, Richard Seymour unearths the history of liberal justifications for empire, showing how savage policies of conquest including genocide and slavery have been retailed as charitable missions.From the Cold War to the War on Terror, Seymour argues that the colonial tropes of lsquo civilizationrsquo and lsquo progressrsquo still shape liberal pro war discourse, and still conceal the same bloody realities.

    One Reply to “The Liberal Defence of Murder”

    1. USEFUL IDIOTS I missed Richard Seymours "The Liberal Defence of Murder" first time round (it was initially published in 2008) but having enjoyed his short and sharp "The Meaning of David Cameron" I jumped at the chance of getting my hands on this revised edition (published in June this year) and was not dissapointed.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, s [...]

    2. Richard Seymour is famed for his blog, "Lenin's Tomb." But now he will also be famous for this book. Like Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine and Zizek's First as Tragedy, this book consolidates contemporary history so that it comes together as a coherent whole. The premise of this book is simplicity itself: we should not be surprised by those on the liberal left who have supported imperialist wars, for example, in former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Why? Because, (a) the liberal left has a long [...]

    3. This is a hard one because, although I agree with Seymour's argument and found the book itself patchily compelling, I was irritated by his style and the way his argument is formed.I think the book actually gets progressively worse. Seymour maintains a certain authorial distance from the subject matter to begin with and his explanation of colonial rhetoric and propaganda in the 19th and early 20th Century were really where his writing was most accessible. He took time to acquaint the reader with [...]

    4. Seymour traces the detailed history of liberal and socialist support for war, colonialism, and imperialism, from the mid 19th century to the present day. I suspect that for most of us this history is too detailed. Many, if not most, of the liberals and socialists whose political trajectories are documented in this book were familiar to me in name only, if that. Nonetheless, I give high marks to Seymour for having researched and written such a specific and focused history.The general theme of the [...]

    5. If you're not a poli-sci scholar or politico, not sure why you'd read Seymour? I'm neither and I couldn't put it down. I think his work is a counterbalance to the routine lies and propaganda of imperial governments. Empire thrives and it always conjures a justification and rationale for going to war. Two phrases/words worth remembering: "humanitarian intervention" and "manifest-destinarianisn." In-depth, scholarly and detailed history of hegemonic policies that always contain a military solution [...]

    6. Really good analysis of history since around the 17th century up until today, with a significant focus on imperialism.

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