Other Authors Worth Reading

Nir Eisikovits is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Suffolk University who specialized interests include legal and political philosophy. Sympathizing With The Enemy: Reconciliation, Transnational Justice, Negotiation (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2010) is essential reading because it addresses the issues of how one should respond to the problems of political violence, war cries, terrorism and genocide which continue to bedevil the modern world. In this profound and probing book, the author provides a theory of political reconciliation. He argues that what Adams Smith called "sympathy" and Laurence Kohlberg designated as empathy -  the ability to view the world from another's perspective- offers a more promising framework for thinking about reconciliation than proposals based upon forgiveness, forgetting or mutual recognition.

Steve Early is an extremely talented journalist and labor activist who brings a refreshing and much needed perspective on the labor movement in the United States. His newest book is entitled The Civil Wars In U.S. Labor: Birth of a New Workers' Movement or Death Throes of the Old? [Haymarket Books,  2011]. In that book, the author chronicles the efforts of the U.S. Labor movement, weighted down by oppressive anti-labor legislation and declining membership, to try to rise to those challenges in the current, largely unregulated American workplace, and the internecine wars within the labor movement that have been sparked by labor's efforts to respond to the crises. His book is available for purchase on-line and at many fine bookstores throughout the U.S.

Gregory Fried is the chair of the Philosophy Department at Suffolk University. His father,  Charles Fried is a former Solicitor General of the United States, Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and now a professor of law at Harvard University Law School. Together they have written a powerful and important book, Because It Is Wrong: Torture, Privacy and Presidential Power in the Age of Terror [W.W. Norton & Company,  2010, ISBN 978-0-393-06951-8]. The book critically examines the endorsement of torture during of the Bush administration in the aftermath of  9/11 challenges the arguments  of those supporters of "enhanced interrogation," including Alan Dershowitz's "ticking time-bomb" hypothetical. Drawing upon Kan'ts moral philosophy, they argue persuasively that some practices are so abhorrent and vile, their endorsement, whatever the justification, can never be sanctioned because they demean our essential humanity.  

Sasha Lilley is a writer and radio commentator.Capital And Its Discontents [PM Press, 2011, ISBN 978-60486-334-5] is her most recent book.Her book narrates a stimulating series of conversations with a number of influential and talented intellectuals who are attempting to re-invigorate  the American left by constructing a new paradigm for radical politics within the United States. The conversations address the future of neoliberalism, the continued expansion of the American empire and the militarization of American society, the failures of the "free market" to address human needs, and propose alternative visions of political reality.  
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