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Straw Dogs by John Nicholas Gray
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Apr 12, 12

Read in April, 2012

This is the second time I've read John Gray's book, and it's as shockingly clear-eyed and pungent this time around. STRAW DOGS is an evisceration of the complacent Western assumptions about so-called progress and liberal democracy that have marked the post-World War II world. It is also a demolition of ideas of human exceptionalism, our dreams of God, and our faith in science (paradox intended). The book came out in 2002 and a few elements (i.e. Al Qaeda's world-historical role) are dated, but these do not invalidate what is a bracing thesis that forces one to think. This book slaughters an entire herd of sacred cows—and I say that as a vegan! Even the most convinced secular ameliorist will scramble to justify just what it is that makes them believe in their specialness as a humanist and a human. Highly recommended.
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