Steve Best is an award-winning writer, noted speaker, public intellectual, and seasoned activist for 30 years in diverse movements. He is an associate professor of humanities and philosophy at the University of Texas, El Paso. Best has published 13 books and over 150 articles, many of which have been translated into a dozen languages. He is co-author (with UCLA professor Douglass Kellner) of an award-winning trilogy of postmodern studies (Postmodern Theory: Critical Interrogation; The Postmodern Turn: Paradigms Shifts in Art, Theory, and Science; and The Postmodern Adventure: Science, Technology, and Cultural Studies at the Third Millennium [Guilford Press, 1991, 1997, 2001]). More recently, he introduced and co-edited four groundbreaking and bridge-building anthologies: Terrorists or Freedom Fighters? Reflections on the Liberation of Animals [Lantern Books, 2004]; Igniting a Revolution: Voices in Defense of the Earth [AK Press, 2006]; Academic Repression: Reflections on the Academic-Industrial Complex [AK Press, 2010]; and The Global Industrial Complex: Systems of Domination [Rowman & Littlefield 2011]. He is currently completing an ambitious book, entitled: Animal Liberation and Moral Progress: The Struggle for Human Evolution [Rowman & Littlefield, 2012].
The rise and fall of the human empire