Being in Time

Gilad Atzmon


Softcover book. 215 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1911072201
Stock Number: 0244

Dramatic events of recent years -- including the election of Donald Trump as president of the US, the “Brexit” decision by British voters to leave the European Union, and fall of “establishment” political parties in Europe -- highlight the breakdown of the social-political System that has prevailed in the US and western Europe since the end of World War II.

In this bold book, Gilad Atzmon examines the colossal failure of the mass media, academia and political leaders to identify and address the factors behind the crisis of Liberal Democracy and the discord of our age.

In today’s political and intellectual life, he argues, “Left” and “Right” have become meaningless terms. Atzmon probes the tyranny of political correctness, which has constricted free thought and open discussion of important issues. People understandably feel ever more bewildered and alienated.

In this book, the author offers a deeper intellectual- philosophical explanation for the malaise that prevails today, and he outlines a way forward to a better future.

Atzmon contrasts the “Athens” outlook that once prevailed in the Western world with the “Jerusalem” outlook that now dominates. “While Athens is associated with the idea that truth is discovered through reason,” he writes, “Jerusalem stands for the view that truth is delivered through revelation. Athens, therefore, is the home to philosophy, 'logos' and science. Jerusalem, on the other hand, is the capital of law and obedience.”

Among those who have praised this work is James Petras, Bartle emeritus professor, Binghamton University. “Atzmon's book Being in Time,” he says, “is a brilliant and substantive critique of identity politics and Jewish political ideology and culture. It is an essential read for understanding and confronting authoritarianism of all stripes and colors.

Gilad Atzmon is known both as a gifted and acclaimed musician, and as a provocative and influential writer. He was born, raised and trained in Israel. Some years ago he renounced his Israeli citizenship, and became a British citizen. He lives in London. He has recorded and performed with an impressive array of outstanding artists and groups. Over the years Gilad Atzmon has recorded 15 albums. In 2003 his album Exile was the BBC jazz album of the year.

He is also a shrewd and biting commentator on political matters, social issues, Jewish identity, Zionism and cultural life. His essays have appeared in periodicals and websites around the world, and as a commentator, he has appeared as a guest on television and radio around the world. His two novels, Guide to the Perplexed, and, My One And Only Love, have been translated into 24 languages.

Another book, The Wandering Who? -- a study of Jewish identity politics and contemporary Jewish ideology – has been something of a best-seller since it came out in 2011. It has appeared in ten languages.

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