Sunday, January 10, 2010

'This is one of the worst diseases on the Earth'

Historian and author, Tony Judt, speaks to Ed Pilkington about living and working with motor neuron disease and his reasons for considering euthanasia.

Motor neurone disease has left the historian Tony Judt quadriplegic and, he tells Ed Pilkington, has forced him to think about what it really means to be human. The result is an astonishing series of essays and a determination to get young people thinking collectively again.

'A bunch of dead muscles, thinking'

He is a Jew with no religion who has questioned the legitimacy of the state of Israel; a naturalised American citizen who is a consistent critic of overweening US power; a person of the left who subscribes to no leftist ideology. A Jew determined to get young people thinking collectivly again.

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