American Insurgents: A Brief History of American by Richard Seymour

By Richard Seymour

All empires spin self-serving myths, and within the US the main powerful of those is that the United States is a strength for democracy around the globe. but there's a culture of yank anti-imperialism that exposes this deceptive mythology. American Insurgents is a stunning, revelatory background of anti-imperialism within the usa because the American Revolution. It charts the routine opposed to empire from the Indian Wars and the expansionism of the slave South to the Anti-Imperialist League of Mark Twain and Jane Addams. Seymour crafts a full of life and obvious rationalization of why a few of these activities succeeded and others failed. the result's a necessary standpoint for these organizing antiwar resistance this present day.

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Ernmental responsiveness. ·Democracy would be enhanced as all citizens acquired the ability to ac:cess information and express their opinions. This promise of participation was not simply propaganda. It was and remains a deeper, underlying fantasy wherein technology covers over our impotence and supports a vision of ourselves as active political partici;.. pants. T� of the rhetoric encasing any new device, syste1:11, code, or platform. A particular technological innovation becomes a screen upon which all sorts of fantasies of political action are projected�31 Peer-to-peer file sharing, especially in light of the early rather hyp­ notic, mantra-like appeals to Napster, provides a clear example.

Media provided thoughtful reports, insightful commentary, and critical evaluations of the ''evidence" of weap­ ons of mass destruction in Iraq. T hey highlighted the falsity and venality of the administration's articulation of the attacks of September 11 with Iraq, its elision of Osama bin Laden into Saddam Hussein as public enemy number one. Amy Goodman's syndicated radio program Democracy Now regularly broadcast shows intensely opposed to the militarism and unilateralism of the Bush administration's national security policy.

In the months before the 2002 congressional elections, just as Congress abdicated its constitutional responsibility to declare war to the president, mainstream media frequently employed the trope of "debate:' Democratic leaders, with an eye to this "debate;' asserted that questions needed to be asked. They did not take a position or provide a dear alternative to the Bush administration's emphasis on preventive war. Giving voice to the ever�present meme regarding the White House's public relations strategy, people on the street spoke of whether Bush had "made his case:' Neverthe­ less, on the second day of Senate debate on the use of force in Iraq, no one was on the floor-even though many were in the gallery.

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