By Uli Linke, Danielle Taana Smith
In Cultures of Fear, a very world-class line up of students discover how governments use worry with a view to keep an eye on their electorate. The "social contract" supplies glossy states accountability for the protection in their electorate, yet this assortment argues that governments usually nurture a tradition of worry inside of their contries. while everyone is terrified 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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He must know that Algeria is one of the most vicious terrorist states in the world and has been carrying out horrendous terror against its own population in the past couple of years, in fact. For a while, this was under wraps. But it was finally exposed in France by defectors from the Algerian army. It’s all over the place there and in England and so on. But here, we’re very proud because one of the worst terrorist states in the world is now enthusiastically welcoming the US war on terror and in fact is cheering on the United States to lead the war.
Do you remember, just to put the dates right, that Russia invaded Afghanistan in December 1979? OK. According to Brzezinski, the US support for the mojahedin fighting against the government began 34 CULTURES OF FEAR six months earlier. He is very proud of that. He says we drew the Russians into, in his words, an Afghan trap, by supporting the mojahedin, getting them to invade, getting them into the trap. Now then we could develop this terrific mercenary army. Not a small one, maybe 100,000 men or so bringing together the best killers they could find, who were radical Islamist fanatics from around North Africa, Saudi Arabia ...
That has effects. We’re seeing some of these effects now. September 11 is one. Rethink it. Rethink the policies that are creating a reservoir of support. Exactly what the bankers, lawyers and so on are saying in places like Saudi Arabia. On the streets it’s much more bitter, as you can imagine. That’s possible. You know, those policies aren’t graven in stone. It’s hard to find many rays of light in the last couple of weeks but one of them is that there is an increased openness. Lots of issues are open for discussion, even in elite circles, certainly among the general public.