Foreword by Peter Hart | Editor’s note by Greg Ruggiero
234 pages | $15.95
ISBN – 13: 978-0-87286483-2
Pub date: July 2007
As one of the foremost political intellectuals and dissidents in the
(1) Can you tell ZNet, please, what your new book, INTERVENTIONS is about? What is it trying to communicate?
The book is a collection of op-eds distributed worldwide by the New York Times syndicate. They were written over the past several years (more coming along since), dealing with topical events, trying to present an analysis and background that seems to me pertinent and informative, typically from a perspective different from that of mainstream commentary.
(2) Can you tell ZNet something about writing the book? Where does the content come from? What went into making the book what it is?
The idea for the op-eds came from John Stickney, editor of the syndicate. Op-ed style does not come very naturally to me. The format requires scant reference. That is not a problem when one stays within the framework of conventional assumptions, including many that are readily refutable, but is a serious problem when one does not accept them, so that readers can quite appropriately ask why they are rejected. Thus if someone writes that
Stickney solved this problem for me by taking material mostly from talks and interiews of mine, and putting them in an appropriate format. We then go through an up-and-back process of editing, modifying, providing sources, etc. The result is the op-eds that are collected in the book, on a wide range of topics.
(3) What are your hopes for the book? What do you hope it will contribute or achieve, politically? Given the effort and aspirations you have for the book, what will you deem to be a success?
I hope that the pieces will encourage readers to look at the world in ways different from those of conventional doctrine, and to determine for themselves whether a serious corrective is needed. And that they will suggest ideas and information that readers find worth pursuing. To the extent that that works, it will be a success.
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