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Fear's Empire: War, Terrorism, and Democracy (2003)

af Benjamin R. Barber

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The author of Jihad vs. McWorld analyzes how American foreign policy has gone wrongand how it could go right. In this hard-hitting but pragmatic new critique of the Bush administration's foreign policy, Benjamin R. Barber exposes in detail the folly of an agenda of preventive war, placing it in the context of two hundred years of American strategic doctrine (including the recent history of deterrence and containment). He shows how chosen "rogue states" have been made to stand in for terrorists too difficult to locate and destroy, and how the United States continues to support dictatorship in nations it regards as friends, while still believing we can impose democracy on vanquished enemies at the barrel of a gun. Barber argues for an America that promotes cooperation, multilateralism, international law, and pooled sovereignty. For as law and citizenship alone secure liberty within nations, law and citizenship alone can secure liberty among them, freeing them from fear.… (mere)
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Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.

Winston Churchill,
My Early Life

Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and
prudent in their own sight! . . .
I also will choose their delusions, and
will bring their fears upon them.

- Isaiah 5:21, 66:4

It is better to be feared than loved.

Machiavelli, The Prince
Oderint dum metuant.
(Let them hate as long as they fear.)
- Emperor Caligula
The course of this nation does not depend on the decision of others.

- President George W. Bush
State of the Union Address, January 28, 2003
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Introduction

The United States, destiny's longtime darling, is on a collision course with history.
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In terrorism's shadow, the United States today is torn between the temptation to reassert its natural right to independence (whether expressed as splendid isolation or unilateralist intervention) and the imperative to risk new and experimental forms of international cooperation.
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The author of Jihad vs. McWorld analyzes how American foreign policy has gone wrongand how it could go right. In this hard-hitting but pragmatic new critique of the Bush administration's foreign policy, Benjamin R. Barber exposes in detail the folly of an agenda of preventive war, placing it in the context of two hundred years of American strategic doctrine (including the recent history of deterrence and containment). He shows how chosen "rogue states" have been made to stand in for terrorists too difficult to locate and destroy, and how the United States continues to support dictatorship in nations it regards as friends, while still believing we can impose democracy on vanquished enemies at the barrel of a gun. Barber argues for an America that promotes cooperation, multilateralism, international law, and pooled sovereignty. For as law and citizenship alone secure liberty within nations, law and citizenship alone can secure liberty among them, freeing them from fear.

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