“Andrew Levine’s Keywords
is at the same time a political dictionary, a course on political philosophy, and an analysis of the current political scene and prospects. It is also extremely readable, its abundant learning lightened by Levine’s openness and wit, all helping to make Keywords
accessible to a wide range of people interested in politics, propaganda, and the human prospect.” Edward S. Herman, co-author (with Noam Chomsky) of Manufacturing Consent, and author of Beyond Hypocrisy: Decoding the News in an Age of Propaganda
“Learned and lucid, impiously defiant of the academic church, this syllabus of heresies is a liberal education by and for itself.”
Norman Birnbaum, author of After Progress: American Social Thought and European Socialism in the Twentieth Century
“Andrew Levine has performed a monumental feat. He clarifies meanings of words and concepts which have been drained of value, but which people use as ear plugs to increase the deafness of thought and practice in our befuddled period. This book is an amazing accomplishment.”
Marcus Raskin, co-founder of the Institute for Policy Studies and Professor, School of Public Policy George Washington University
Recent history has seen profound change in the worldrsquo;s political landscape. With that change, the definitions of the words that we use to describe our politics have become muddied. Frequently confusing, and often intentionally misleading, this language can be easily distorted in order to spin disputed ideas or justify questionable actions. These circumstances introduce a critical need for precision in our political speech. Reflecting upon the current state of affairs, renowned political philosopher Andrew Levine refamiliarizes the reader with todayrsquo;s most commonly used and misused terms. The entries in Political Keywords work together to create a timely dictionary of contemporary political vernacular from alienation to Zionism. Extensive cross-referencing, suggested further readings, and a comprehensive glossary make Political Keywords the ideal guide to navigate a landscape of dangerously vague terms.