Having followed Jack London for many years I am looking forward to Raskin's new book. It is important to note that London was a racist as well as nationalist. It is also important to see the philosophical side of London. The Star Rover, for example, is a story that has much to do with the mind/body dualism first noted in Western thought by Plato. Of course the influence of Nietszche cannot be understated, as anyone familiar with London's work knows.
London was both a product and historical agent of his times and his notion of a nationalist socialism is one that needs to be explored. His adamant imperialist calls for the invasion of Mexico and his belief in the superiority of the "white male" are all topics that must be seated within the eugenics of the time.
Dr. Danny Weil
Jul 24 2007 - 4:42pm