Theater of War: In Which the Republic Becomes an Empire

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America's mainstream dissident debunks the "war on terrorism."After the election George W. Bush was so obviously in the service of the plutocracy that he could have been mistaken for a lawn jockey in the parking lot of a Houston golf club.... On September 11, like Pinocchio brushed with the good fairy's wand on old Gepetto's shelf of toys, the wooden figure turned into flesh and blood. A great leader had been born, within a month compared to Abraham Lincoln.—from Theater of War In the two years since September ...
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Overview

America's mainstream dissident debunks the "war on terrorism."After the election George W. Bush was so obviously in the service of the plutocracy that he could have been mistaken for a lawn jockey in the parking lot of a Houston golf club.... On September 11, like Pinocchio brushed with the good fairy's wand on old Gepetto's shelf of toys, the wooden figure turned into flesh and blood. A great leader had been born, within a month compared to Abraham Lincoln.—from Theater of War In the two years since September 11, finding skeptics in the battle against evil has been a rare achievement. Unpopular opinions seldom make an appearance on the network news, and voices of dissent have been few and far between. Lewis Lapham is an exception. Almost alone among mainstream political commentators, he has had the courage to question the motive and feasibility, as well as the imperial pretension, of the Bush administration's infinite crusade against an unknown enemy and an abstract noun.


About the Author:
: Lewis Lapham is the editor of Harper's Magazine and the author of several books, including Money and Class in America, Hotel America, The Wish for Kings, and The Agony of Mammon.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565848474
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/3/2003
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.23 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Caesar's Wives 43
Cleopatra's Nose 53
The Dimpled Chad 63
Civics Lesson 73
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall 83
Model Citizens 93
The Boys Next Door 103
The American Rome 113
Drums Along the Potomac 133
Res Publica 149
American Jihad 159
Mythography 169
Spoils of War 181
The Road to Babylon 191
Hail Caesar! 209
Regime Change 219
Cause for Dissent 231
Shock and Awe 243
The Demonstration Effect 253
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