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Civic war & the corruption of the citizen /
Peter Alexander Meyers.
imprint
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008.
description
xiii, 361 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0226522083 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780226522081 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008.
isbn
0226522083 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780226522081 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
From shock to terror -- From terror to war -- The circle of war and emergency -- The norm of complicity and the regeneration of emergency through violence -- The Cold War is not over -- The distemper of monocracy -- The Cold War today -- Today's Cold War in the system of opportunism -- Civic war and the monocratic tendency -- Two poles of power : monocratic omnipotence and Jeffersonian justification -- Phases of communication : secrets, lies, and publicness -- The export of "moral clarity" -- The Cold War comes home : the revival of Reaganism -- The breeding ground of monocracy -- The constitution of power and the corruption of the citizen after September 11th.
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6679528
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 309-342) and index.
A Look Inside
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Appeared in Choice on 2009-09-01:
Meyers (American studies, Sorbonne Nouvelle) offers a novel examination of the war on terror; he does not consider strategic means utilized or the response by the international community. Instead, Meyers examines how citizens act within a regime at war. He is particularly concerned with how citizens become corrupted by a regime that emphasizes the presence of a powerful enemy outside its borders and as well as ever-present danger. Meyers focuses on the US and considers the effect of the September 11 terrorist attacks on US citizens. Terrorism, according to Meyers, is an act that remains in the imagination of citizens. Meyers then argues that the Bush administration has used the terror attacks to initiate a period of prolonged use of emergency power. Citizens then come to accept this use of power. Meyers further argues that the "war on terror" has become an extension of the Cold War. In many ways this work is more like an extended meditation on the meaning of war for citizens. It is not a work that examines political theorists at great length, and it does not draw extensively on empirical data to understand the psychological and sociological impact of war. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate collections. M. Coulter Grove City College
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"After September 11, 2001, U.S. politicians embraced the rhetoric of war as a substitute for politics. Armed with 2,500 years of the European philosophical tradition, epigrammatic prose, and fiery detachment, Peter Meyers slays the monsters our sleep of reason brought forth. In its brilliant exposition of the duty of the citizen to exercise informed judgment in the collective self-defense, Civic War and the Corruption of the Citizen is a remarkable addition to the literature of civic engagement."
"After September 11, 2001, U.S. politicians embraced the rhetoric of war as a substitute for politics. Armed with 2,500 years of the European philosophical tradition, epigrammatic prose, and fiery detachment, Peter Meyers slays the monsters our sleep of reason brought forth. In its brilliant exposition of the duty of the citizen to exercise informed judgment in the collective self-defense, Civic War and the Corruption of the Citizen is a remarkable addition to the literature of civic engagement."--John Brady Kiesling, author of Diplomacy Lessons
"After September 11, 2001, U.S. politicians embraced the rhetoric of war as a substitute for politics. Armed with 2,500 years of the European philosophical tradition, epigrammatic prose, and fiery detachment, Peter Meyers slays the monsters our sleep of reason brought forth. In its brilliant exposition of the duty of the citizen to exercise informed judgment in the collective self-defense, Civic War and the Corruption of the Citizen is a remarkable addition to the literature of civic engagement."John Brady Kiesling, author of Diplomacy Lessons
"A satisfying explanation of how politics in America since 9/11 fit into the larger political culture of the past half century. . . . Meyers'' insights offer a helpful guide to our democratic challenges as we attempt to move beyond the fear-inducing rhetoric and policies of the War on Terror."
"A satisfying explanation of how politics in America since 9/11 fit into the larger political culture of the past half century. . . . Meyers' insights offer a helpful guide to our democratic challenges as we attempt to move beyond the fear-inducing rhetoric and policies of the War on Terror." Contexts
"A satisfying explanation of how politics in America since 9/11 fit into the larger political culture of the past half century. . . . Meyers'' insights offer a helpful guide to our democratic challenges as we attempt to move beyond the fear-inducing rhetoric and policies of the War on Terror." Contexts
"A satisfying explanation of how politics in America since 9/11 fit into the larger political culture of the past half century. . . . Meyers'' insights offer a helpful guide to our democratic challenges as we attempt to move beyond the fear-inducing rhetoric and policies of the War on Terror."Contexts
"Just when it seemed as if there was nothing more to say about fear, terror, and emergency after 9/11, this original diagnosis and bracing call for a reassertion of the powers of citizenship offers a restorative work of democratic theory. Assertive and insistent, the eloquence of Civic War and the Corruption of the Citizen compels attention and demands an active response."
"Just when it seemed as if there was nothing more to say about fear, terror, and emergency after 9/11, this original diagnosis and bracing call for a reassertion of the powers of citizenship offers a restorative work of democratic theory. Assertive and insistent, the eloquence of Civic War and the Corruption of the Citizen compels attention and demands an active response."-Ira Katznelson, Columbia University
"Just when it seemed as if there was nothing more to say about fear, terror, and emergency after 9/11, this original diagnosis and bracing call for a reassertion of the powers of citizenship offers a restorative work of democratic theory. Assertive and insistent, the eloquence of Civic War and the Corruption of the Citizen compels attention and demands an active response."Ira Katznelson, Columbia University
"This is among the most important analyses that I've seen of what has happened to politics in the wake of the September 11 attacks. No other thinker has so clearly articulated how both terrorism and the response to it threaten democracy by suppressing contentious political speech. Meyers's argument is timely, impressively learned, and compelling."
"This is among the most important analyses that I've seen of what has happened to politics in the wake of the September 11 attacks. No other thinker has so clearly articulated how both terrorism and the response to it threaten democracy by suppressing contentious political speech. Meyers's argument is timely, impressively learned, and compelling."-Craig Calhoun, President of the Social Science Research Council
"This is among the most important analyses that I've seen of what has happened to politics in the wake of the September 11 attacks. No other thinker has so clearly articulated how both terrorism and the response to it threaten democracy by suppressing contentious political speech. Meyers's argument is timely, impressively learned, and compelling."Craig Calhoun, President of the Social Science Research Council
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
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.
Main Description
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 thatthisCold War continues today is precisely what makes it so dangerous. With eloquence and urgency Meyers argues that the mantra of our time"everything changed on 9/11!"is false and pernicious. By contrast,Civic War and the Corruption of the Citizenprovides a novel account of long-term transformations in the citizen'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 "government by the people" 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.
Main Description
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 time"everything changed on 9/11!"is false and pernicious. By contrast, Civic War and the Corruption of the Citizen provides a novel account of long-term transformations in the citizen'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 "government by the people" 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.
Table of Contents
Port of Entry
From Shock to Terror
From Terror to War
The Circle of War and Emergency
The Regeneration of Emergency through Violence
The Cold War Is Not Over
The Distemper of Monocracy
The Cold War Today
Today's Cold War in the System of Civic War
Civic War and the Monocratic Tendency
Two Poles of Power: Monocratic Omnipotence and Jeffersonian Justification
Phases of Communication: Secrets, Lies, and Publicness
The Export of "Moral Clarity"
The Cold War Comes Home: The Revival of Reaganism
The Breeding Ground of Monocracy
The Constitution of Power and the Corruption of the Citizen after September 11th
Notes Works
Cited Index
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