Civic War and the Corruption of the Citizen

Civic War and the Corruption of the Citizen

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In this unique book, Peter Alexander Meyers leads us through the social processes by which shock incites terror, terror invites war, war invokes emergency, and emergency supports unchecked power. He then reveals how the domestic political culture created by the Cold War has driven these developments forward since 9/11, contending that our failure to acknowledge that this Cold War continues today is precisely what makes it so dangerous. With eloquence and urgency Meyers argues that the mantra of our timea€”a€œeverything changed on 9/11!a€a€”is false and pernicious. By contrast, Civic War and the Corruption of the Citizen provides a novel account of long-term transformations in the citizena€™s experience of war, the constitution of political powers, and public uses of communication, and from that firm historical basis explains how a convergence of these social facts became the pretext for unprecedented opportunism and irresponsibility after 9/11. Where others have observed that our rights are under attack, Meyers digs deeper and finds that today a€œgovernment by the peoplea€ itself is at risk. Sparkling with historical and philosophical insight, this is a dramatic diagnosis of the American political scene that at once makes clear the new position of the citizen and the necessity for active citizenship if democracy is to endure.August 2003. a€”a€”a€”. The role of federal military forces in domestic disorders, 1877a€“1945. By Clayton D. Laurie and Ronald H. Cole. Army Historical Series. Washington ... United States Army Field Manual FM 100-5. June 1993. U.S. Congress.

Title:Civic War and the Corruption of the Citizen
Author: Peter Alexander Meyers
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2009-05-15

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