Tariq Ali was one of the featured speakers at an international anti-war conference held Saturday, Feb. 9 in London.
The Idea of Communism
Marx and Engels had no idea what they were setting loose in 1848 when they wrote The Communist Manifesto -- and they would be the first to admit it. That's the sense you get reading Tariq Ali's The Idea of Communism a short book in the "What Was Communism" series. It is no longer 1991. The Soviet Union is gone. Rather than a communist utopia China resembles aspects of Dickens' England ... on methamphetamine. A few anomalies like Cuba and Korea remain, but the safe money is that they will not remain thus.
The Leopard and the Fox: A Pakistani Tragedy
LIKE HIS LATE FRIEND and colleague Edward Said was, Britain's Tariq Ali is an intellectual in exile who has risen to a place of prominence and eminence in his adoptive country, writing on both universalist themes and subjects (the anti-imperialist and anti-war movements; socialist theory, philosophy and praxis; Islam and Islamic history) as well as the politics and history of his homeland.