Verso £12.99 (366pp) £11.69 from the Independent Bookshop: 08430 600 030
The Verso Book of Dissent, Edited by Andrew Hsiao and Audrea Lim
Friday 07 January 2011
This radical haul contains stinging assertions from Sappho to Chomsky, ("Propaganda is to democracy what a bludgeon is to a totalitarian state"), from Thoreau to Pinter.
The New York-based editors have achieved an impressive internationalism. It is good to be reminded that "Britain is now being bombed and burned into democracy" from JB Priestly [sic], though it would have been even better if the editors had got his name right.
It is interesting to speculate that if the Ranters, whose 1650 Christmas Carol declared, "They prate of God; believe it, fellow-creatures, there's no such bugbear; all was made by Nature", had moved to America, it might have been a very different country.
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