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... progressive or reactionary? don't know what to make of Tariq Ramadan, but Paul Berman gives it a go:[url=http://www.tnr.com/doc.mhtml?i=20070604&s=berman060407]http://www.tnr.co...
[ 31 May 2007: Message edited by: Geneva ]
It's been a while since Paul Berman was progressive.
For me, the Sandinista Revolution is a kind of litmus test. I was in Nicaragua six times, and know that there was a lot of possibility there.
Berman hated it from the first moment. He predicted Stalinism. While sometimes Stalinism does result from a revolutionary situation, it doesn't HAVE to.
Berman started as an anarchist, but his often-justifiable suspicion of state power degenerated into a hatred of any alternative to conventional, corrupted bourgeois democracy.The fact that he was not only critical of the Sandinistas but openly pro-Contra demonstrates this.
Have no illusions that Berman retains any progressive or humane instincts. He joined the other sidea and was well-compensated for doing so.
[ 30 May 2007: Message edited by: Ken Burch ]