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5,0 von 5 SternenI have lost two countries
11. Juni 2019 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
I am a Turkish American woman. In 1986, I was feeling lucky that I had been able to escape the cruelty and oppression of post-coup Turkey with my husband, to start a new life in the United States (I was born in Boston in fact; long story). I didn't pay much attention to politics here at first. Then it became urgent. I voted for Bill Clinton. I started learning about how cruel my old-new country could be. I cried with millions when Obama got elected. Perhaps things were going to change? Then I found myself asking my dazed neighbors, some of us in pajamas, what the hell just happened? after that crazy night in November 2016. Every word in this book opened a wound, every word healed, then made me bleed again. If you have gotten used to the new normal, if you think it's going to be OK, read the danged book. You'll see. Then do something.
A lyrical prophetic exposition of how the Enlightenment dream is turning into a Fascist nightmare, with Turkey as the canary in the mine. In the last chapter, Ece talks to me directly - chastising me for withdrawing from political action, stunned by the unfolding nightmare of banality, fragmentation, upheaval and alienation.
But what is to be done? Action is local but the program must be global. Action involves politics, but the voters resent the political classes. Every I has a utopian program, but the sum of the programs do not add up to a coherent winnable sustainable Program. It is easy to be critical but difficult to be constructive. A house can be destroyed by fire in a matter of minutes, but it can take many months to rebuild it.
I loved the spirit of the book, but came away with a feeling despair, so I gave it only 3 stars.
Perhaps Hegel was right. The Revolution needs to be in the mind rather than the mode of production i.e. we bring down this stinking unsustainable fascist capitalism by thinking it down, by thinking deeply into ourselves and the stories we tell one another.