A two-dimensional takedown of liberalism

Pankaj Mishra’s insights are often valuable, but these essays on the arrogance of the west omit some key arguments, writes Kenan Malik

There is barely a mention of class, except for the odd line deriding the British ruling class

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Bland Fanatics: Liberals, Race and Empire Pankaj Mishra Verso, £16.99, pp224 “What is it,” the Austro-Hungarian novelist Joseph Roth asked rhetorically in 1927, in a preface to his book The Wandering Jews, “that allows European states to go spreading...

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