Gopal Balakrishnan’s new book Antagonistics: Capitalism and Power in an Age of War has been reviewed in the latest issue of the New Statesman.
“This collection of essays by New Left Review’s Balakrishnan expounds his prescient view that the debt-driven expansion that fuelled US hegemony was unsustainable.”
To see some of Gopal’s pieces as they originally appeared in New Left Review see below.
“An intellectual feast and a dazzling commentary on political thinking, contemporary and classical. Here an intelligence honed on Schmitt and Machiavelli reviews a range of theoretical texts with courteous sarcasm and radical interrogation; the results are witty, devastating and full of suggestive speculation, culminating in the horizon of an astonishing new vision of Machivelli, well beyond the stereotypical discourse of conventional political science or journalistic commentary.” -Fredric Jameson
“Hegel wrote that the moment of triumph of a social movement is simultaneously the moment of its disintegration: when the externnal enemy disappears, inherent antagonisms explode. Gopal Balakrishnan shows how this holds for the worldwide triumph of liberal democracy in the 1990s – Fukuyama’s dream of the ‘end of history’ has morphed into economic crisis and foreign policy failure. Antagonistics is a book for all those who want to orient themselves in the chaos of our historical moment – which means it is a book for everyone.” -Slavoj Zizek