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Civic War and the Corruption of the Citizen Hardcover – Dec 15 2008
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Written, maybe deliberately, maybe that's just how the author lectures, in a kind of 18th or 19th century way, Citizen is always capitalized, for instance, and I expect that Tom--Paine or Jefferson-- would have few quibbles as to the style.
Some of what has captured me.
Monocracy as the opposite of democracy (and how the idea that our culture was shaped under kings led us to think that democracy was everything--it's not, think tyranny of the majority.
And how "at war" means something quite different for us than, say, for people living in the CSA during the Civil War. We claim the status, but....
"Publicity, not liberty in the abstract, is therefore the essential mode for balancing the powers"
And the longish section on 9-11, that a previous reviewer has mentioned. He says that FEAR comes after SHOCK. I'd never thought of that before, but he could be right. Both can immobilize one, though.
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