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Civic War & the Corruption of the Citizen

Peter Alexander Meyers


This book leads us through the social processes by which shock incites terror, terror invites war, war invokes emergency, and emergency supports unchecked power. It then reveals how the domestic political culture created by the Cold War has driven these developments forward since 9/11, contending that our failure to acknowledge that this Cold War continues today is precisely what makes it so dangerous. The author argues that the mantra of our time—“everything changed on 9/11!”—is false and pernicious. By contrast, this book provides an account of long-term transformations in the citizen's expe ... More

Keywords: Cold War, citizenship, terror, 9/11, war, political power, democracy, communication, political culture, citizen

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226522081
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226522104.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Alexander Meyers, author