By Uli Linke, Danielle Taana Smith
In Cultures of Fear, a really world-class line up of students discover how governments use worry as a way to keep an eye on their electorate. The "social contract" provides smooth states accountability for the safety in their voters, yet this assortment argues that governments usually nurture a tradition of worry inside their contries. while individuals are frightened of "terrorist" threats, or "alarming rises" in violent crime they're likely to settle for oppressive legislation from their rulers. Cultures of Fear is and interdisciplinary reader for college students of anthropology and politics. individuals comprise Noam Chomsky, Slavoj Zizek, Jean Baudrillard, Catharine MacKinnon, Neil Smith, Cynthia Enloe, David L. Altheide, Cynthia Cockburn and Carolyn Nordstrum.
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And usually if you look at the reasons, some of them are legitimate and ought to be addressed, independently of the crime, they ought to be addressed because they are legitimate. And that’s the way to deal with it. There are many such examples. ] LEADERLESS RESISTANCE You know, it could be that the people who did it, killed themselves. Nobody knows this better than the CIA. These are decentralized, nonhierarchic networks. ” That’s the principle that has been developed by the Christian Right terrorists in the United States.
And if you look at the coalition that is being formed against terror it tells you a lot more. A leading member of the coalition is Russia which is delighted to have the United States support its murderous terrorist war in Chechnya instead of occasionally criticizing it in the background. China is joining enthusiastically. It’s delighted to have support for the atrocities it’s carrying out in western China against what it calls Muslim secessionists. Turkey, as I mentioned, is very happy with the war against terror.
Because the Europeans, including us, had developed such massive weapons of destruction that that game just had to be over. And it goes back hundreds of years. In the seventeenth century, about probably 40 percent of the entire population of Germany was wiped out in one war. But during this whole bloody murderous period, it was Europeans slaughtering each other, and Europeans slaughtering people 24 THE NEW WAR AGAINST TERROR 25 elsewhere. The Congo didn’t attack Belgium, India didn’t attack England, Algeria didn’t attack France.