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Civilization And Its Enemies

Author: Lee Harris
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780743267007
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Forgetfulness occurs when those who have been long inured to civilized order can no longer remember a time in which they had to wonder whether their crops would grow to maturity without being stolen or their children sold into slavery by a victorious foe....They forget that in time of danger, in the face of the enemy, they must trust and confide in each other, or perish....They forget, in short, that there has ever been a category of human experience called the enemy. "That, before 9/11, was what had happened to us. The very concept of the enemy had been banished from our moral and political vocabulary. An enemy was just a friend we hadn't done enough for yet. Or perhaps there had been a misunderstanding, or an oversight on our part -- something that we could correct.... "Our first task is therefore to try to grasp what the concept of the enemy really means. The enemy is someone who is willing to die in order to kill you. And while it is true that the enemy always hates us for a reason, it is his reason, and not ours." So begins Civilization and Its Enemies, an extraordinary tour de force by America's "reigning philosopher of 9/11," Lee Harris. What Francis Fukuyama did for the end of the Cold War, Lee Harris has now done for the next great conflict: the war between the civilized world and the international terrorists who wish to destroy it. Each major turning point in our history has produced one great thinker who has been able to step back from petty disagreements and see the bigger picture -- and Lee Harris has emerged as that man for our time. He is the one who has helped make sense of the terrorists' fantasies and who forces us most strongly to confront the fact that our enemy -- for the first time in centuries -- refuses to play by any of our rules, or to think in any of our categories. We are all naturally reluctant to face a true enemy. Most of us cannot give up the myth that tolerance is the greatest of virtues and that we can somehow convert the enemy to our beliefs. Yet, as Harris's brilliant tour through the stages of civilization demonstrates, from Sparta to the French Revolution to the present, civilization depends upon brute force, properly wielded by a sovereign. Today, only America can play the role of sovereign on the world stage, by the use of force when necessary. Lee Harris's articles have been hailed by thinkers from across the spectrum. His message is an enduring one that will change the way readers think -- about the war with Iraq, about terrorism, and about our future.

Der Bilderkrieg

Author: Gerhard Paul
Publisher: Wallstein Verlag
ISBN: 3835340654
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Der Autor schildert, wie die USA den Irak-Krieg von 2003/04 als »Bilderkrieg" planten, inszenierten und schließlich an der Bilderfront unterlagen. Wie kein Krieg zuvor war der Irak-Krieg von 2003/04 ein »Bilderkrieg", in dem die Kriegsparteien Bilder als Waffen einsetzten und via Bild kommunizierten. Im Anschluß an seine große Studie »Bilder des Krieges - Krieg der Bilder" (2004) untersucht der Flensburger Historiker und Sozialwissenschaftler Gerhard Paul erstmals und umfassend die visuelle Rüstungsspirale des Irak-Krieges, die in den Hinrichtungsvideos und den Horrorbildern aus Abu Ghraib und Falludscha ihren Gipfelpunkt erreichte. Er rekonstruiert die Planung und die Inszenierung des Angriffs als sauberen »Blitzkrieg", die symbolische Politik der Besetzung und Unterwerfung sowie die fotografischen Ikonen, die der Krieg produzierte. Paul untersucht die unterschiedlichen Perspektiven der Akteure - angefangen von den Militärs, über die »embedded correspondents" bis hin zu den Freelance-Reportern - auf das Geschehen und die vielfältigen »Bildstörungen" in Gestalt von Weblogs und Warblogs, die das gewünschte Kriegsbild immer wieder unterliefen.

Lessons From Fallen Civilizations Can A Bankrupt America Survive The Current Islamic Threat

Author: Larry Kelley
Publisher: Hugo House Publishers, Ltd.
ISBN: 1936449099
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Islam’s aggression against the West has been constant for the fourteen centuries of its existence. The armies of Allah conquered most of the Christian Middle East and nearly conquered all of Christian Europe twice. Americans know that the fall of Rome has ominous lessons for America. They instinctively know that there are always barbarians at the gate. Using history as its guide, Lessons From Fallen Civilizations poses and answers the question -Can a Bankrupt America Survive the Current Islamic Threat? Today, millions of militant Muslims awake every morning plotting the destruction of the US. Many are among us. They are our neighbors and co-workers. Their mission is to first intimidate, then to destabilize our economy and ultimately to plant the black flag of Islam at the top of the White House. Lessons demonstrates how immutable laws have always governed the fall of five great civilizations. It shows how those immutable laws can be seen to repeat over time, and how they are at work now. It is a saga which chronicles the decisions, deeds, and heroics of our ancestors who saved the West. It identifies the decisions we must make and the actions we must take in order to remain a free people. Kelley’s “Immutables” demonstrate how a declining America will fall at the hands of Islamic extremists.

Sex And World Peace

Author: Valerie M. Hudson
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231520093
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Sex and World Peace unsettles a variety of assumptions in political and security discourse, demonstrating that the security of women is a vital factor in the security of the state and its incidence of conflict and war. The authors compare micro-level gender violence and macro-level state peacefulness in global settings, supporting their findings with detailed analyses and color maps. Harnessing an immense amount of data, they call attention to discrepancies between national laws protecting women and the enforcement of those laws, and they note the adverse effects on state security of abnormal sex ratios favoring males, the practice of polygamy, and inequitable realities in family law, among other gendered aggressions. The authors find that the treatment of women informs human interaction at all levels of society. Their research challenges conventional definitions of security and democracy and shows that the treatment of gender, played out on the world stage, informs the true clash of civilizations. In terms of resolving these injustices, the authors examine top-down and bottom-up approaches to healing wounds of violence against women, as well as ways to rectify inequalities in family law and the lack of parity in decision-making councils. Emphasizing the importance of an R2PW, or state responsibility to protect women, they mount a solid campaign against women's systemic insecurity, which effectively unravels the security of all.

The Struggle For The West

Author: Christopher Browning
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135259798
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In recent years debates about the nature and future of the West have been high on the political agenda. Prognoses of the West’s imminent demise have been countered by those arguing for its continued relevance, or those arguing that while the West will survive its nature, and the balance of power between its constituent units, is transforming. This book argues that understanding contemporary developments requires subjecting the very idea of the West to critical scrutiny and in particular asking what kind of concept it actually is. Locating the West as a discursive concept the book argues attempts to save, fix or reclaim the meaning of the West are illustrative of political agendas rather than indicative of accurate claims about the essential nature of the West. In contrast, the book argues that as a concept the West is impregnated with various discursive legacies, the most embedded of which are those of a civilisational, modern and political West. However, while attempts to define the West’s essence are therefore doomed to fail, given the concept’s historical and discursive flexibility, such attempts reaffirm the legitimising role which claims to the West continue to perform. Beyond this, the book challenges traditional genealogies of the West, which overwhelmingly depict the West as an inside-out concept. In contrast, the book argues that historically outsiders have played an important role in defining the nature of the West and constituting it as a political subject; processes that remain evident today. This book will particularly interest students of critical security studies, critical geopolitics, European politics, American politics and IR theory.

The Next American Civil War

Author: Lee Harris
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9780230106772
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The tea parties, the guns at town hall meetings, the protests against health care reform, and the general unrest in America today have taken many people by surprise. Some interpret it in terms of economic hard times, but Lee Harris offers a different explanation. Today's populist revolt is only the latest installment of an ongoing cultural war that began long before the current economic crisis. It is a rebellion against a self-appointed intellectual elite whose attitude to the average American is "Don't worry, we know what is best for you." For Harris, the stakes in the current struggle are high: Will America be ruled by ivory tower liberals, or will it remain the land in which ordinary men and women are free to make their own choices and control their own destinies? Throughout our history, Americans have always challenged the definition of liberty, and this has allowed us to progress as a society. Harris argues that this debate is good and necessary, and that we must take this new populist uprising seriously if we are to defend our founding principles. A masterly and visionary work that weaves current events with philosophical investigation, The Next American Civil War rethinks Americans' most elemental ideas of freedom in order to enable the people of the United States to face the challenges of our times.

The Suicide Of Reason

Author: Lee Harris
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0465008690
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Whether by choice or not, the West finds itself in a low-grade yet bitter war with Islamic fanaticism. It is a war the West is singularly ill-equipped to fight. The foe is resistant to any of the normal methods of conflict resolution such as negotiation, economic sanctions, or conventional armed confrontation. Since the Enlightenment, the West has forgotten how to oppose fanaticism, and it is Lee Harris's goal to remind us what we are up against. In The Suicide of Reason, he explains the logic of fanatical movements from the Crusades through Nazism to radical Islam; describes how the Enlightenment overcame fanatical thinking in the West; shows why most Western attempts to address the problem are doomed to fail; and offers strategies by which liberal internationalism can defend itself without becoming a mirror of the tribal forces it is trying to defeat.

Das Unbehagen In Der Kultur

Author: Sigmund Freud
Publisher: e-artnow
ISBN: 8027300703
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Dieses eBook: "Das Unbehagen in der Kultur" ist mit einem detaillierten und dynamischen Inhaltsverzeichnis versehen und wurde sorgfältig korrekturgelesen. Das Unbehagen in der Kultur ist der Titel einer 1930 erschienenen Schrift von Sigmund Freud. Die Arbeit ist, neben Massenpsychologie und Ich-Analyse von 1921, Freuds umfassendste kulturtheoretische Abhandlung; sie gehört zu den einflussreichsten kulturkritischen Schriften des 20. Jahrhunderts. Thema ist der Gegensatz zwischen der Kultur und den Triebregungen. Die Kultur ist bestrebt, immer größere soziale Einheiten zu bilden. Hierzu schränkt sie die Befriedigung sexueller und aggressiver Triebe ein; einen Teil der Aggression verwandelt sie in Schuldgefühl. Auf diese Weise ist die Kultur eine Quelle des Leidens; ihre Entwicklung führt zu einem wachsenden Unbehagen. Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) war ein österreichischer Neurologe, Tiefenpsychologe, Kulturtheoretiker und Religionskritiker. Er war der Begründer der Psychoanalyse und gilt als einer der einflussreichsten Denker des 20. Jahrhunderts. Seine Theorien und Methoden werden bis heute diskutiert und angewendet.