Politics Out of History also presents a provocative argument for a new approach to thinking about history--one that forsakes the idea that history has a purpose and treats it instead as a way of illuminating openings in the present by, for example, identifying the haunting and constraining effects of past injustices unresolved. Brown also argues for a revitalized relationship between intellectual and political life, one that cultivates the autonomy of each while promoting their interlocutory potential. This book will be essential reading for all who find the trajectories of contemporary liberal democracies bewildering and are willing to engage readings of a range of thinkers--Freud, Marx, Nietzsche, Spinoza, Benjamin, Derrida--to rethink democratic possibility in our time.
A violent incident in her past terrorizes Lily’s dreams. Living on the edge of society has veiled its power to haunt her as she searches for safety and a sense of belonging. Her fascination with Jewish culture inspires her to dream she can plant roots in the Holy Land.
Lily meets Levi, who is charming and enigmatic, dangerous but irresistible. Her love affair with him undermines her relationship with Rainbow Dove and they begin to go their separate ways. Lily becomes a nanny to an unusual couple: an American Jew and Israeli Arab, and enrolls her son in school. Soon she is fully immersed in Israeli daily life, from hanging out in cafes with friends to attending Yom Kippur at the synagogue. She wants to find a way to stay and considers her options of marriage or conversion to Judaism, neither of which seem realistic. A personal assault forces her to rely on her instincts, unleashes suppressed anger, and empowers her. She begins to heal from her past.
At the core of the story is the tension between the dream and the reality. The hope for peace shatters in continuing violence, the hope for home is shaken by her son’s rebellion and her lover’s rejection. Lily's spiritual life is a tangle of beliefs and desires, impacted by Jewish culture surrounding her and yet keenly observant of the toll that constant conflict takes on the Israeli people. Can she hold onto her belief in Jesus' message of brotherly love while living according to Jewish seasons and rituals?
Lily’s journey to become a woman grounded in practicality rather then drifitng in idealism is honed by both heart-break and healing. The conflict around her is beginning to feel endless and war with Syria looms on the horizon. And yet she reaches out again and again for love. Will she be able to stay? What does she have to give up and what will she be able to keep?
Dislike, disapproval, and regulation lurk at the heart of tolerance. To tolerate is not to affirm but to conditionally allow what is unwanted or deviant. And, although presented as an alternative to violence, tolerance can play a part in justifying violence--dramatically so in the war in Iraq and the War on Terror. Wielded, especially since 9/11, as a way of distinguishing a civilized West from a barbaric Islam, tolerance is paradoxically underwriting Western imperialism.
Brown's analysis of the history and contemporary life of tolerance reveals it in a startlingly unfamiliar guise. Heavy with norms and consolidating the dominance of the powerful, tolerance sustains the abjection of the tolerated and equates the intolerant with the barbaric. Examining the operation of tolerance in contexts as different as the War on Terror, campaigns for gay rights, and the Los Angeles Museum of Tolerance, Brown traces the operation of tolerance in contemporary struggles over identity, citizenship, and civilization.