[PDF/EPUB] Class Notes Posing As Politics and Other Thoughts on the American Scene Author Adolph L. Reed Jr.

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Class Notes Posing As Politics and Other Thoughts on the American Scene

??head spinning” and “brilliantly executed” by David Levering LewisAdolph Reed Jr has earned a national reputation for his controversial evaluations of American politics These essays illustrate why people like Katha Pollitt consider Reed “the smartest person of any race class or gender writing on race class and gender?. Great book and will have to revisit soon to really digest the arguments Read this at the suggestion of Michael Brooks RIP Left is Best Haute Chinese Cuisine from the Kitchen of Wakiya politics These essays illustrate why Twisted people like Katha Pollitt consider Reed “the smartest The Exploration of the Male Anatomy person of any race class or gender writing on race class and gender?. Great book and will have to revisit soon to really digest the arguments Read this at the suggestion of Michael Brooks RIP Left is Best

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Last three decades Reed argues against the solipsistic approaches of cultural or identity politics and in favor of class based political interpretation and action Class Notes moves on to tackle race relations ethnic studies family values welfare reform the so called underclass and black public intellectuals in essays called ?. Adolph Reed Jr is one of my favorite left wing intellectuals This collection of essays primarily focuses on political strategy racism and ineuality Reed provides a valuable materialist insight into the uniue features of black communities and politics as well He is very critical of the Postmodern turn of the academic left and substance less identity politics while still taking a strong class based and anti racist position himself Ultimately I found this book somewhat inspiring and refreshing He breaks down many problems I have with the modern left but he both understands them better than I and what potential solutions may be I highly recommend it

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Hailed by Publishers Weekly for its “forceful” and “bracing opinions on race and politics” Class Notes is critic Adolph Reed Jr’s latest blast of clear thinking on matters of race class and other American dilemmas The book begins with a consideration of the theoretical and practical strategies of the US left over the. Not every single essay in this book is earth shatteringly good And Reed is sometimes overly dismissive of what I consider to be developments on the Left that aren t particularly harmful or insignificant But reading this book made me feel like a serious weight had been lifted off of my shoulders It gave me permission to admit to myself that developments or ideas within the Left that I ve long had internal personal doubts about but have never wanted to admit out loud or even to myself may in fact be right or if not right at least worth voicing and debating The Left as anyone who s been around it in the past few decades already knows is in really rough shape And when you re in such rough shape you re desperate for anything that you can claim as a victory or even just a positive development When victories around major society wide issues that reuire real mass movement building and thus are really difficult to win issues like ending racial segregation in housing universal health care affordable housing workers rights etc are in short supply it can be really depressing and debilitating So it makes sense that many of us would choose to set the bar a bit lower for ourselves to battles that we are capable of winning many of which of course as Reed notes several times in the book are also extremely important to fight over and win But Reed s basic case here is about not indulging in that temptation He s arguing here that we need to keep our eyes on the prize that we can t give up on those bigger picture goals and that there s no substitute for a mass movement reuired to win them no shortcuts to achieving mass social change And the sooner we can admit that to ourselves the sooner we can get to the business of actually creating that kind of movement and winning those victoriesIt s a message that s a bit depressing in its sobriety But if we re going to ever win victories around those issues we don t really have another choiceAlso I d be remiss if I didn t mention that Reed has some of the most scorching prose I ve ever read from an academic Seriously It s so white hot and so brutal that I m afraid to have the man read anything I ve ever written lest he take issue with any piece of it and write such a blistering merciless takedown that I ll be paralyzed from ever writing anything again


About the Author: Adolph L. Reed Jr.

Adolph Leonard Reed Jr is an American professor emeritus of political science at the University of Pennsylvania specializing in studies of issues of racism and US politics He has taught at Yale Northwestern and the New School for Social Research and he has written on racial and economic ineuality



10 thoughts on “Class Notes Posing As Politics and Other Thoughts on the American Scene

  1. says:

    Not every single essay in this book is earth shatteringly good And Reed is sometimes overly dismissive of what I consider to be developments on the Left that aren't particularly harmful or insignificant But reading this book made me feel like a serious weight had been lifted off of my shoulders It gave me permission to admit to my

  2. says:

    This stellar collection of essays most of which were first printed in issues of the Village Voice was released in 2000—yet the issues discussed here have only become amplified through their aggregation via social media platforms The essays are grouped into three categories which 1 combat the “personal is political” modes of “resistance” as it particularly relates to black political involvement 2 combat strange technical

  3. says:

    Adolph Reed Jr is a relatively new find for me and has a no bullshit uality I like in a public intellectual This book is a commentary on the dreary politics of the 1980s and 1990s the summer of our discontent made glorious by the winter of Trump Reed speaks at the intersection of race and class which is a very important

  4. says:

    Adolph Reed Jr is one of my favorite left wing intellectuals This collection of essays primarily focuses on political strategy racism and ineuality Reed provides a valuable materialist insight into the uniue features of black communities and politics as well He is very critical of the Postmodern turn of the academic left and substance less identity politics while still taking a strong class based and anti raci

  5. says:

    Adolph Reed is not only a compelling straightforward and remarkably engaging writer he is also fearless His collection of occasional pieces and topical essays together make for an excellent collection and introduction to his central themes the diversity of black American politics and perspectives the centrality of economic ineuality and the

  6. says:

    Incredible political writing Very funny I'm amazed that this book is 20 years old and still rings so true

  7. says:

    Adolph Reed where have you been all my life? Class Notes is a collection of essays on black politics the labor movement left strategy the underclass debate the suckiness of liberals and a range of other issues all addressed with Reed's ascerbic

  8. says:

    This book is worth re reading which I should probably do before giving an extensive and deserved treatment to the thoughts and idea

  9. says:

    Great book and will have to revisit soon to really digest the arguments Read this at the suggestion of Michael Brooks RIP Left is Best

  10. says:

    I first read this book several years ago and have been coming back to it ever since along with everything else Reed has ever written He has probably been the most influential thinkerwriter for me in the past 3 4 years He really offered a way of thinking about class race American politics and left strategy that I was hungering for

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