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Dissent in risky occasions offers essays by way of six unique students, who supply their very own specified perspectives at the interaction of loyalty, patriotism, and dissent.While dissent has performed a important function in our nationwide heritage and within the American cultural mind's eye, it's always risky to people who perform it, and continually unpalatable to its ambitions. warfare doesn't motivate the tolerance of competition at domestic any longer than it does at the entrance: if the conflict on Terror is to be an everlasting conflict, then the implications for American political freedoms can't be overvalued. "Dissent in harmful instances examines the character of political repression in liberal societies, and the political and felony implications of dwelling in an atmosphere of worry. This profound, incisive, from time to time even relocating quantity calls upon readers to consider, and past, September eleven, reminding us of either the fragility and enduring energy of freedom."--Nadine Strossen, President, American Civil Liberties Union, and Professor of legislation, big apple legislations School.Contributors to this volumeLauren BerlantWendy BrownDavid ColeHugh GustersonNancy L. RosenblumAustin Sarat

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2 Subsequent debates between Bush administration officials and those who disagreed with their policies were frequently phrased in terms of pro-Bush characterizations of nuance as something between pedantic nuisance and genuine treason. Meanwhile, the anti-Bush public responds to anti-nuance epistemology in kind, condemning the presi46 The Epistemology of State Emotion 47 dent’s apparent incompetence at or refusal of reason in terms that range from charges of stupidity to antidemocratic, even fascist authoritarianism.

This aggression turned inward, of course, can be turned again, by the patriots or the state, against the dissenter. ” But this is not a purely tactical move. Both external attack and internal dissent wound the narcissism of the lover by challenging the idealization, especially if that idealization fetishizes strength or invulnerability and not simply goodness. Both threaten the group with disintegration; both reveal the thinness of the membrane binding the nation. ” Briefly now I want to make a turn from Freud to ‹i›ek in order to plot one more line in this picture, one that will deepen our understanding of the peculiar character of identification involved in a certain kind of patriotism, and one that will allow us to see why dissent is not only problematic for maintaining idealization in general, but for maintaining the kind of identification upon which a liberal democratic patriotic ideal depends.

What must be preserved or protected amidst its deconstructive aims? The Crito offers something of an answer to these questions; the dialogue sketches a political container for the work of critique in the form of a warning against overly loosening the threads of the collectivity that sustain its inhabitants. Indeed, the dialogue as a whole represents a kind of limit on the activities defended in the Apology, a limit in which Socrates’ own preference for living in the city of Athens is made to represent a tacit commitment not to violate or destroy the collectivity that has harbored, educated, and sustained him.

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