While security stories often point to real threats, the narratives of leaders are as much about legitimating the power of rulers and the political and economic system that brought them to power. Derber and Magrass offer a penetrating examination of this phenomenon across history and types of societies. Their analysis reveals the great irony about security stories: they historically increase insecurity, imperiling citizens and nation. In the US today, the contradiction is especially acute, as security stories told by Trump divide US citizens against one another.
The book builds from an analysis of the extreme dangers of the prevailing security stories to a new paradigm of true security. The authors develop new approaches as our best hope for avoiding catastrophe and creating a socially just society based on real security for a nation and for humans across the planet.
About the Author
Charles Derber is Professor of Sociology at Boston College. An internationally renowned scholar and public intellectual, he has written 21 books, translated into eight languages, and more than 100 articles, including op-eds for the New York Times, Boston Globe, Newsday, Truthout, and others. He appears frequently on national television and on radio programs, and is featured on hundreds of YouTube channels and other online sites.
Yale R. Magrass is Chancellor Professor of Sociology/Anthropology at the University of MassachusettsDartmouth. He is the author of six books and over 60 articles, and frequently makes public appearances and presentations.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Security Story: Why It Endangers Everything and How to Resist It. 1. The Upstairs/Downstairs House: Selling Capitalism in an Age of Extreme Inequality. 2. Selling Security for Honor and Profit: The Story Linking Ancient With Capitalist Aristocracies 3. Trump-ing Freedom for Protection: How to Win Friends by Manufacturing Enemies. 4. From Capitalism to Fascism: The Security Story and the Fall of Democracy. 5. The Failings of the American Left: How to be Your Own Worst Enemy. 6. Saving Democracy: How to Create True Security