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Democracy, Counterrevolution, and the Rhetoric of Anti-Imperialism

A defence of democracy at national and international levels, and critique of attacks on it in the name of "anti-imperialism."

Indefensible offers an essential alternative to the ideology of those who claim to be anti-imperialists but oppose only Western imperialism and the despots it supports. Instead of ignoring or even supporting other imperialist nations like Russia and defending dictators such as Bashar al-Assad in Syria, Hensman takes on the question of how we got here, using important case studies of conflicts such as those in Russia, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Ukraine, and Bosnia. Indefensible powerfully argues for a genuine internationalism that supports mass struggles for freedom and democracy, no matter what regime they are fighting against, and suggests steps that can be taken to promote democracy, end the ongoing violence, and promote human rights.

  •  "[A]n important contribution to the debate that has divided the left since 2011, the year that Syria became a litmus test." —Counterpunch

    "Fascinating...well written...provocative...I strongly recommend this book!" —Bill Fletcher Jr.

    "If you want to understand how to be a principled internationalist in the era of imperialism, read this book.”—Anand Gopal, author of  No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes

    "Indefensible is a powerful book that will provoke much debate—as it should. It is a vital contribution to building an anti-imperialism that opposes all oppression of one nation by another.” —David McNally, author of Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism 

    "I hope Hensman's work will be widely read and discussed."—Marcel van der Linden, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam

    "In this highly stimulating work, Rohini Hensman shares her views on a vast number of issues lying at the heart of left-wing politics, from historical to contemporary. Brushing off all sorts of dogmatic beliefs, she does not shy away from thinking out of the box, guided only by her uncompromising dedication to the values of human rights and democracy."—Gilbert Achcar, author of Marxism, Orientalism, Cosmopolitanism

    "An excellent book, which deserves to be widely read, is a timely reminder that the narratives propagated around Syria, in which the far-left echoes the talking points of the far-right and places geo-politics over people’s struggles and lives, are emblematic of a much broader malaise." —Leila al-Shami

    “Indefensible is a rallying cry against the lethal consequences.” Feminist Dissent Journal