“I am a friend of the Left and my politics has been on the Left, but sometimes it’s difficult to recognise what is Left, what is Right. I am in favour of fighting today’s battles rather than yesterday’s battles. I think this gut anti-Americanism—don’t make it the headline (laughs)—is a problem. It is a minor problem, but one of the reasons why the Left cannot liberate itself from the Cold War. It made sense at some stage to oppose America for various reasons. But I think gut anti-Americanism is certainly pulling the Left back now.”
Of course, that’s the Indian left. It seems that if you think deeply enough, you think through a lot of party ideas. Yet, those ideas run deep in your own mind and childhood, and maybe you never stop really stop wrestling with them.
If you’re more familiar with Sen’s work, feel free to comment.
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