The Four Freedoms Under Siege: The Clear and Present Danger from Our National Security State

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November 2006



The authors address the hard questions of individual freedom versus national security that are on the minds of Americans of all political stripes. They bring together the pivotal events, leaders, policies, and fateful decisions--often path-breaking, more often ending in folly--that have subverted our constitutional government from its founding. "You reach the inescapable conclusion," the authors write, "that the United States is a warrior nation, has been addicted to war from the start, and is able to sustain its warfare habit only by mugging American taxpayers, and believing in its mission as God's chosen."


MARCUS RASKIN is co-founder, former director, and presently a distinguished fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies. He is the author or editor of 18 books, including In Democracy's Shadow (2005), edited with Carl Le Van. ROBERT SPERO is a former advertising executive (Ogilvy & Mather), journalist (Present Tense, The Progressive), international service consultant, and the author of The Duping of the American Voter: Dishonesty & Deception in Presidential Advertising (1980).


"Raskin and Spero present a powerful indictment of the seemingly inexorable march of the US toward becoming a national security state in the latter half of the 20th century and most dramatically since 9/11. America has always had a tendency toward triumphalism and militarism, but in recent decades, and particularly under the current administration, these tendencies have increasingly undercut the core values of democracy and personal freedom. The reader is led through the government's systematic rejection of Roosevelt's Four Freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. The authors decry unprecedented government secrecy and monitoring of the populace, increased poverty and economic disparity, and perpetual state of fear promoted by those in power--multiple attributes of a failed imperial state....[t]he authors' alternative vision of American democracy is visionary and serves as a useful foil for criticism of the existing state. Recommended. General readers and undergraduates." - Choice
EAN: 9780275989118
ISBN: 0275989119
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2006
Seitenanzahl: 344 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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