By David Goodway
From William Morris to Oscar Wilde and George Orwell, left-libertarian suggestion has lengthy been an enormous yet ignored a part of British cultural and political heritage. during this designated examine, David Goodway seeks to get better and revitalize that indigenous anarchist culture. This ebook succeeds as either a cultural background of left-libertarian notion in Britain and an program of that historical past to present politics. the writer argues recovered anarchist culture could—and should—be a touchstone for modern political radicals. relocating seamlessly from Aldous Huxley and Colin Ward to the conflict in Iraq, this hard quantity will energize leftist routine in the course of the global.
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The majority favored a partition of Palestine and the creation of independent Arab and Jewish States, with Jerusalem to be placed under international administration. 1 At the time, Iran was ruled by Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the second emperor in the Pahlavi dynasty. His father, Reza Shah, had staged a coup d’état in February 1921 and ousted the ruling Qajar dynasty. Twenty years later, Reza Shah was deposed by the British and the Russians, who put his young son, Mohammad Reza, on the throne.
Most importantly, he wanted Iranian preeminence in the Persian Gulf—these waters were Iran’s backyard and critical to the country’s security. They should be guarded by Iran and not by foreign powers, the Shah reasoned. So when the British announced, in 1969, that they would withdraw all of their troops east of the Suez Canal and end their military control of the Persian Gulf, the Shah saw an opportunity to increase Iran’s profile decisively and expand its role in regional decision-making. With the Vietnam War still raging, the United States was in no position to seize strategic control of the Persian Gulf.
The Israelis even bombed Lebanese oil storage tanks and tarmacs at Beirut’s airport, making it impossible for airplanes to take off or land. That move stranded up to twenty-five thousand Lebanese-Americans in the midst of the fighting, but the Bush administration didn’t seem to mind. On the contrary, prominent neoconservatives, who for years had urged the Bush administration to take on Iran, were ecstatic. William Kristol of the Weekly Standard urged the Pentagon to counter “this act of Iranian aggression with a military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities.
Anarchist Seeds Beneath the Snow: Left-Libertarian Thought and British Writers from William Morris to Colin Ward by David Goodway