Three important essays

Read Pankaj Mishra’s essay titled ‘A generation of failed politicians has trapped the west in a tawdry nightmare‘ here:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jan/01/generation-failed-politicians-elite-liberal-values?CMP=twt_gu

On Tony Judt, who is the central thinker in Mr. Mishra’s essay, see these two essays: Dylan Riley’s Tony Judt: a cooler look, in The New Left Review:

http://newleftreview.org/II/71/dylan-riley-tony-judt-a-cooler-look

Geoffrey Wheatcroft‘s Professor Judt changes trains, in the TLS:

http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/public/article1239882.ece

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