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What's Left?: Memoirs of an Australian Communist Paperback – February 25, 1993

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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (February 25, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140157042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140157048
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By Tristan Ewins on November 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
Eric Aarons: 'What's Right?'

A review by Tristan Ewins

23 September, 2003

'What's Right?': a bold new book by sculptor and life-long progressive activist, Eric Aarons, is nothing short of vast in its breadth: the product of an entire lifetime of dedication and critical thought. Following his 1991 autobiography, 'What's Left?': a text which explored the history of Australian Communism, including its final decline, the author's latest work, looks rather to the future. Recognising, at once, the mutual extremes of communist collectivism, and neo-liberal individualism, Aarons ponders the possibilities of 'waging a defensive struggle' against the present dominance of neo-liberal ideas, thus setting the foundation for a possible "counter-offensive." This book will surprise readers with its nuanced insights, ranging in scope from the history of ethical philosophy, worldwide environmental crisis, globalization, and the extremes of Left and Right thinking, to current debates on US unilateralism, the United Nations and the "immoral" and "anti-human" terrorist threat. Indeed, the book even goes so far as to consider in depth topics barely considered by other progressive authors: the possible emotional and biological foundation to ethics, the mapping of the human genome, and the consequences of the privatisation and possible abuse of this research.

Tracing the ideas of Friedrich Hayek: the prominent Austrian neo-liberal economist and ideologue, and of the 'father of Communism', Karl Marx, Aarons subjects each to penetrating criticism. Recognising the errors of the Communist movement he once championed, Eric emphasizes the importance of individual enterprise, enhancing initiative and innovation to the betterment of society as a whole.
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