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Scribblers into Activists: From the Enlightenment to the New English Review
by Jerry Gordon (July 2010)
The following is an expanded version of Mr. Gordon's speech delivered to the 2010 NER Symposium, "Decline, Fall & Islam," on June 19, 2010.
In this article, we review important writer activists from the Age of Enlightenment to today’s era of instant communications via the Internet.
Among the historical figures who transformed the art of pamphleteering into bold initiatives are John Peter Zenger and Thomas Paine during the Age of Revolution, Emile Zola and Theodore Herzl during the Dreyfus Affair of the Third Republic in France, and Winston Churchill and George Orwell during the Pre-World War II epoch. Gordon relates his experiences as a writer activist in the era of the Anti-Jihad movement using the tools of the internet and instant communications. The review provide details of current New English Review initiatives in radio broadcasting and publishing to create alliances and broaden its reach to a wider public audience influencing developments regarding human rights, national and international security policies. more>>>