The Reign of Fantasy: The Political Roots of Reagan's Star Wars Policy

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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Politics, Leadership, and the Role of Visions 1
Beyond the Pluralist Model 4
The Nature of Utopian Ideals 9
Dreams and Presidential Politics 12
Reagan and the Dream 19
Putting Special Interests Back in the Equation 24
Notes to Chapter One 29
Ch. 2 Beyond Strategic and Technological Explanations 33
Overcoming Technological Resistance 36
SDI and U.S. Nuclear Strategic Policy 44
The Making of a Speech 55
Notes to Chapter Two 65
Ch. 3 Star Wars and the American Dream 71
Evangelism and Isolationism: Contradicting Ideals in American Foreign Policy 74
Enter Nuclear Weapons 83
Star Wars To The Rescue 84
Technology And The American Dream 88
Notes to Chapter Three 97
Ch. 4 Public Opinion and the Star Wars Fantasy 101
SDI and The Self-Interest Public 105
Star Wars and The Utopian Public 110
Notes to Chapter Four 119
Ch. 5 Ronald Reagan: Utopia's Spokesman 121
The Star Wars Speech 124
The Public Discourse Continues 128
Notes to Chapter Five 139
Ch. 6 From the Reign of Fantasy and Beyond 141
The Ideal Continues To Interact With Special Interests 144
The Utopian Dream is Pushed Aside 147
Beyond Reagan: Utopian Visions and Fantasies Revisited 152
Presidential Politics Revisited 156
Notes to Chapter Six 165
Selected Bibliography 167
Index 179
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