Superpower Syndrome: America's Apocalyptic Confrontation with the World

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No one is better equipped than psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton-a leading scholar of thought control and mass violence- to make sense of the extreme moment. From Hiroshima survivors to Nazi doctors, from Vietnam veterans to the cult that sarin-gassed the Tokyo subways, he has explained to us global apocalyptic urges, the ravages of psychic numbness, and the psychology of the survivor. Now, as al- Qaeda's desire to purify the earth of "evil" meets the unilateral urge to dominate the globe's sole superpower, Lifton ...
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Overview


No one is better equipped than psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton-a leading scholar of thought control and mass violence- to make sense of the extreme moment. From Hiroshima survivors to Nazi doctors, from Vietnam veterans to the cult that sarin-gassed the Tokyo subways, he has explained to us global apocalyptic urges, the ravages of psychic numbness, and the psychology of the survivor. Now, as al- Qaeda's desire to purify the earth of "evil" meets the unilateral urge to dominate the globe's sole superpower, Lifton believes we have arrived at a remarkably perilous moment. The United States-from its leaders to much of its people-feels itself painfully vulnerable and thinks of itself as a survivor nation. The combination of such feelings roiling through the land over the last year and an administration with unprecedented military power bent on dominating and purifying the earth adds up to an intensely dangerous atmosphere-in fact, a "syndrome." Unfortunately, there is no therapy available for empires-or rather, the only therapy available is self-prescribed. But while Lifton can't be therapist to the earth's last superpower, he can bring together a half century of wisdom and apply it to Superpower Syndrome.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560255123
  • Publisher: Nation Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Series: Nation Books
  • Pages: 211
  • Product dimensions: 4.94 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1 The Apocalyptic Face-off 1
2 Apocalyptic Violence 13
3 Century of Excess 35
4 Aum Shinrikyo - The Threshold Crossed 57
5 Bin Laden and al-Qaeda: "I Envision Saladin Coming Out of the Clouds" 73
6 The Terrorist Dynamic 93
7 A Superpower's "War on Terrorism" 107
8 Apocalyptic America 117
9 Superpower Vulnerability 125
10 Americans as Survivors 137
11 Stages of Response 159
12 Fluid World Control 173
13 Stepping Out of the Syndrome 189
Notes 201
Acknowledgments 211
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