By Valerie Scatamburlo-D'Annibale
After September 11, rightists capitalized on an environment of worry and confusion to resuscitate the "culture wars" of the Nineteen Nineties and once more certain the academy. utilizing strategies comparable to the McCarthy period, spiritual firebrands, militant neoconservatives, and unfastened marketplace fundamentalists engaged in a concerted attempt to silence voices severe of the 'war on terror' and liken valid dissent to treason. Brandishing a discourse of "patriotic correctness" (PC) that was once expert by way of American 'exceptionalism,' Christian nationalism, anti-intellectualism, and virulent anti-liberalism, this coalition portrayed the professoriate as a perilous cabal looking the loss of life of 'Western civilization.' In chilly Breezes and fool Winds, Scatamburlo-D'Annibale explains why the newest attack on academe needs to be understood with regards to the right's broader offensive opposed to liberalism. for many years, conservatives have labored diligently to build a community of foundations, imagine tanks, and campus corporations devoted to demonizing innovative notion, the legacy of the hot Deal period, and the democratic social reforms of the Nineteen Sixties. the writer offers an in depth exam of this ideological infrastructure and the way it complex the schedule of computer post-9/11. She explores how the crusade for workstation used to be aided and abetted by means of a right-wing media equipment, the way it maintains to threaten educational freedom on campuses, and the way it really is at the moment infecting the bigger physique politic and contributing to the elevated toxicity of the nation's public discussion. whereas purveyors of computing device usually invoke "culture war" rhetoric, Scatamburlo-D'Annibale adroitly unearths that their final objective is to guard company strength from any kind of democratic responsibility.
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It did not take long for opportunism to rear its ugly head; in fact, it was evident weeks before Moyers even posed his question. Before considering the shameful opportunism exhibited post-9/11, it is necessary to recall the conditions that existed prior to that day’s disturbing events. Months earlier, 1 CHAPTER 1 the United States of America, the world’s foremost ‘superpower,’ had struggled to elect a new leader. Commentators in several other countries and citizens at home had questioned the very legitimacy of the American electoral system.
62 In that very same essay, Moyers registered his disdain for the “wartime opportunists,”— “the mercenaries of Washington” including lobbyists, politicians, pundits, and corporate marauders who were already lurking about trying to think up ways to exploit the tragedy for their own private political and pecuniary gain. It did not take long for opportunism to rear its ugly head; in fact, it was evident weeks before Moyers even posed his question. Before considering the shameful opportunism exhibited post-9/11, it is necessary to recall the conditions that existed prior to that day’s disturbing events.
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