Telos Press http://www.telospress.com Critical Theory of the Contemporary Tue, 31 May 2016 04:30:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Matthias Küntzel on Germany, Iran, and Antisemitism http://www.telospress.com/matthias-kuntzel-on-germany-iran-and-antisemitism/ http://www.telospress.com/matthias-kuntzel-on-germany-iran-and-antisemitism/#respond Tue, 31 May 2016 04:01:22 +0000 http://www.telospress.com/?p=6369 Writing at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs website, Joseph S. Spoerl reviews Matthias Küntzel's Germany and Iran: From the Aryan Axis to the Nuclear Threshold, published by Telos Press Publishing. "Küntzel's book," writes Spoerl, "demonstrates a deeply disturbing truth, namely, that if Iran should acquire nuclear weapons and use them to commit a second Holocaust against the six million Jews of Israel, then Germany—the nation that committed the first Holocaust—will have played a central role in paving the way for the Iranian perpetrators."

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Sklar: Islamic Imperialism http://www.telospress.com/sklar-islamic-imperialism/ http://www.telospress.com/sklar-islamic-imperialism/#respond Wed, 25 May 2016 14:00:05 +0000 http://www.telospress.com/?p=6359 This is the fourth in a series of posts that introduce the thought of historian Martin J. Sklar, as a prelude to a print symposium on his life and work in a future issue of Telos. Earlier excerpts of Sklar's writing appear in the first, second, and third posts. For a fuller introduction, refer to the head note to the first TELOSscope post. As a researcher, Sklar was a historian of the United States, including its role in the world, particularly (from the late nineteenth century) as a promoter and guarantor (on balance) of a global system of expanding economic and political freedom. As a reader and informed commentator on international affairs, he was also deeply interested in broader issues in world history, particularly insofar as they shaped contemporary global conflicts. (Among the several dozen of Sklar's books that I inherited are heavily marked and annotated copies of the following: John Yoo, War by Other Means: An Insider's Account of the War on Terror; Philip Bobbitt, Terror and Consent; Bernard Lewis, The Middle East: A Brief History of 2,000 Years; and Niall Ferguson, Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire.) The following excerpts from a letter to John Yoo reflect Sklar's evolving understanding of what he understood as an ongoing U.S. (and Western) war against Islamic imperialism. Of particular interest is his conceptualization of various sectarian, and even nominally secular, movements as sometimes-competing branches of an expansive, totalitarian movement.

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UK Event Announcement: In or Out? Debating Britain’s EU Membership http://www.telospress.com/uk-event-announcement-in-or-out-debating-britains-eu-membership/ http://www.telospress.com/uk-event-announcement-in-or-out-debating-britains-eu-membership/#respond Fri, 20 May 2016 17:49:11 +0000 http://www.telospress.com/?p=6353 In or Out? Debating Britain's EU Membership
3rd Seminar: National Security & Global Influence

In association with the James Madison Charitable Trust, the Centre for Federal Studies at the University of Kent is organising a series of three seminars entitled "In or Out? Informing the political debate and popular opinion on UK's EU membership." These seminars will take place in the run-up to the referendum and focus respectively on the economy, politics, and security.

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Sklar: Capitalism-Socialism Mix http://www.telospress.com/sklar-capitalism-socialism-mix/ http://www.telospress.com/sklar-capitalism-socialism-mix/#respond Fri, 20 May 2016 14:00:24 +0000 http://www.telospress.com/?p=6334 This is the third in a series of posts that introduce the thought of historian Martin J. Sklar, as a prelude to a print symposium on his life and work in a future issue of Telos. For a fuller introduction, refer to the head note to the first TELOSscope post. Whereas the first two posts showcased the historian's engagement with philosophy, this post highlights one of his important contributions to political economy. Sklar profoundly reinterprets the idea of a "mixed economy," on the basis of the new concepts of "capitalist investment component" (CIC) and "socialist investment component" (SIC). In so doing, he also clarifies the meanings of capitalism and socialism as political-economic systems. Like conventional "mixed economy" theorists, Sklar came to believe that there would be a long historical period during which advanced societies would combine features of capitalism and features of socialism, with the later gaining gradual ascendancy. His understanding of which features belong to which system, however, upends conventional theories of government = socialism, "private" sector = capitalism.

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Adam Smith’s Dilemma and the Algonquian Model of Political Virtue http://www.telospress.com/adam-smiths-dilemma-and-the-algonquian-model-of-political-virtue/ http://www.telospress.com/adam-smiths-dilemma-and-the-algonquian-model-of-political-virtue/#respond Thu, 12 May 2016 12:00:56 +0000 http://www.telospress.com/?p=6317 Adam Smith is usually remembered as a champion of commerce. But as a moral philosopher he understood that even as commerce inculcates the virtues of industry, frugality, and temperance, it also inculcates vices such as avarice, envy, and short-sighted self-centeredness. Smith recognized that good government requires virtues such as honor, moral rectitude, patriotism, magnanimity, and a far-sighted perspective, to which the commercial vices are fairly opposed. Smith considered this a problem in his own day, as Great Britain was threatening to become a nation of shopkeepers, ruled by classes trained not in statesmanship but in commerce, governed not by codes of honor but by self-interest. The problem has resonance today as well.

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Sklar: Hegel and History, Part Two http://www.telospress.com/sklar-hegel-and-history-part-two/ http://www.telospress.com/sklar-hegel-and-history-part-two/#respond Wed, 11 May 2016 12:00:06 +0000 http://www.telospress.com/?p=6312 This is the second in a series of posts that introduce the thought of historian Martin J. Sklar, as a prelude to a print symposium on his life and work in a future issue of Telos. For a fuller introduction, refer to the head note to the first TELOSscope post. That post featured something unusual for a historian: an excerpt from a perceptive essay on Hegel. Hegel's understanding of human history as developmental and cumulative, particularly with respect to the expansion of human freedom, colored Sklar's career as a historian. Excerpts from two of his published works (second and third selections, below) reflect that influence. Not all of Sklar's engagement with Hegel was affirmative. In the first selection, he endorses Marx's critique of Hegel's statism. As will be further illustrated in future posts, one of Sklar's longstanding criticisms of many fellow leftists was their equation of socialism with state control over society. From his research on the Progressive Era in the United States, he concluded that presidents and other strategic thinkers of that period consciously incorporated elements of socialism into their ideas and programs in ways that affirmed positive government as a middle way between laissez-faire and statism. This was the meaning of his somewhat cryptic assertion in an influential (but often misunderstood) 1960 essay that corporate liberalism was "the bourgeois Yankee cousin of modern European and English social-democracy" (Studies on the Left 1:3, 41). Over time, Sklar progressively (in both senses) fleshed out this insight.

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