Postcolonial theory discounts the enduring value of Enlightenment universalism at its own peril.
Crisis is the catchword of our time. After the dawning of the new millennium America stumbled from debacle to debacle. The election of Barack Obama gave hope to many, but the realities of a deeply dysfunctional political economy do not readily yield to a good speech or two.
Azar Nafisi is the author of the bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran and most recently Things I’ve Been Silent About. She was kind enough to field a wide-ranging interview with Jacobin earlier this month.
On the politics of identity.