Is there an Asian alternative to liberal capitalism?
Several books are reviewed by the writer on the repeated phenomenon of Empire. However, the book of Pankaj Mishra “From the Ruins of Empire
The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia” is the most supportive to its arguments. Mishra analyses three Asian figures that challenged Western modernization Jamal al-Din al-Afghani, the Chinese anti-colonialist Liang Qichao and the poet and novelist Rabindranath Tagore. As the writer concludes “The notion that intellectuals today should perhaps start cobbling together new world-embracing ideologies, rather than try to reclaim democratic political decisions from the spurious overseers of economics in our institutions, seems to be another one of Mishra’s exercises in nostalgia. The choice is never between an ideal future and a bad one, but between a better future and a worse one.”