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No. 7 2007Theme: Anti-Americanism


Hating America

THE LAST IDEOLOGY | While the crimes of other nations are ignored or forgiven, the US is demonised for lesser misdeeds-or even ones it has not committed. This has become an accepted discourse, not merely on the left but also among moderate commentators. Lacking any systematic measure of judgement, an irrational anti-Americanism has become their default dogma.

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Old-World Resentment

SPENGLER'S DERISION | Traditionally it was the right rather than the left that represented anti-Americanism. Conservative Europeans between the wars regarded the USA as soulless, commercialised and conformist.

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The American Scapegoat

GRIEVANCE CULTURE | Anti-americanism serves the psychological need to blame failure and frustration on a potent, common enemy. But this is not to say that embittered anti-Americans are all wrong. They may be correct in certain particulars of their indictment, while succumbing to an overall conclusion which is merely a self-serving and irrational aversion.

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The West by the Rest

THE OCCIDENTAL COMPLEX | Occidentalism, like Orientalism, is a stereotyped and dehumanised image of a vast array of different peoples. But such a notion of the West has the power to mobilise real revolutionary energies.

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Editor's Column

Provocative poses

Swedish cultural commentators love to celebrate artistic provocations, so long as nobody is actually provoked. When an artwork really does take a risk and challenge convention, they call it "nasty" or "hurtful."

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Middle-Eastern Leadership

INTERVIEW | The Lebanese law professor Chibli Mallat has chosen the path of politics instead of remaining a pure academic. He has been involved in the opposition to Saddam Hussein, as well as in attempts to get Ariel Sharon indicted. He is also running a campaign to become elected president of Lebanon.

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NR 7 2007

Axess Magasin

Är en tidskrift inom området humaniora/samhällsvetenskap och utges av Axess Publishing AB. Tidskriftens målsättning är att fungera som en knutpunkt mellan den akademiska och den publicistiska sfären.


Chefredaktör: PJ Anders Linder
Redaktörer: David Andersson, Mats Wiklund, Jan Söderqvist.
Redaktionssekreterare: Katarina O’Nils Franke
Redaktionsråd: Peter Elmlund, Thomas Gür, Peter Luthersson, Nathan Shachar, Louise Belfrage
Ansvarig utgivare: Peter Elmlund


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