Cold Breezes and Idiot Winds: Patriotic Correctness and the by Valerie Scatamburlo-D'Annibale

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.

Show description

Read or Download Cold Breezes and Idiot Winds: Patriotic Correctness and the Post-9/11 Assault on Academe PDF

Similar nonfiction books

I Met the Walrus: How One Day with John Lennon Changed My Life Forever

Think you're the world's greatest Beatles fan and you've simply snuck into John Lennon's inn room. yet rather than being thrown out, inexplicably you're invited to spend the day together with your idol. That's precisely what occurred to fourteen-year-old Jerry Levitan in 1969. After listening to John used to be in Toronto for a "bed in," Jerry tracked him down on the King Edward resort and confident the world's largest rock big name to sit for an unique forty-minute interview.

The Book of Times: From Seconds to Centuries, a Compendium of Measures

An perpetually interesting, superbly designed survey of time—how lengthy issues take, how lengthy issues final, and the way we spend our days

Our courting to time is advanced and paradoxical: Time stands nonetheless. Time additionally flies. the next day to come is one other day. but there's no time just like the current. we wish to do extra in much less time, yet want lets gradual the clock. And regardless of all our time-saving devices—iPhones, DVRs, high-speed trains—Americans suppose that they have got much less relaxation time than ever.

In an period whilst our time feels fractured and imperiled, The ebook of instances encourages readers to give some thought to time used and time spent. How lengthy does it take to discover a brand new mate, digest a hamburger, or compose a symphony? How a lot time will we spend having a pipe dream, texting, and preparing for paintings? The booklet demanding situations our ideals and urges us to contemplate how, and why, a few issues get swifter, a few issues decelerate, and a few issues by no means switch (the desire for seven to 8 hours of sleep).

Packed with compelling charts, lists, and quizzes, in addition to new and interesting study, The e-book of instances is an addictive, browsable, and provocative examine the belief of time from each direction.

Horses: The Ultimate Treasury

For each younger horse fan who's ever dreamed of getting his or her personal pony, comes Horses: the final word Treasury.

From wild horses and zebras to operating horses just like the Clydesdale, Shire, Percheron, and the yank Saddlebred, Hackney, and Missouri Fox Trotter, find out about horses from world wide and all through background. become aware of how horses developed and have been domesticated, examine the area of operating horses within the 19th century, and meet the Spanish using School's snowy white stallions. characteristic spreads offer info protecting issues as various as well-known horses in literature, heroic horses in conflict, and stunt horses in Western videos. Breed profiles support establish readers' favourite different types of horses, in addition to a useful advent to the practicalities of horse care and driving classes. Horses: the last word Treasury an all-in-one, go-to better half for each horse lover.

The Complete Cat Breed Book

Combining cat breeds, habit, and coaching suggestions in a single effortless quantity, the whole Cat Breed booklet is a necessary connection with the fundamentals of selecting and searching after a cat.

Packed with sensible recommendation on cat upkeep, from dealing with and grooming to meals, workout, and future health, present and potential cat proprietors will notice the simplest cat breed for his or her way of life. together with charts and a photographed catalog of greater than fifty cat breeds, every one profile outlining the breed's heritage, visual appeal, and temperament, in addition to coat colour adaptations and breed-specific evidence, this is often the best advisor for a person eager to increase and nurture a happy cat.

Extra resources for Cold Breezes and Idiot Winds: Patriotic Correctness and the Post-9/11 Assault on Academe

Example text

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.

But because they believed that the country could serve as a laboratory for implementing Friedmanite policies in the Middle East. ”104 The plan was to have the military bomb Iraq, a country already weakened by years of sanctions, to smithereens, then funnel American taxpayers’ money to corporate contractors to rebuild it—not as it was before a war, but rather as a shiny showroom for laissez-faire economics. ”105 As time has proven, as with most things, the neoconservatives were dead wrong. While a handful of companies and major Republican donors did profit quite handsomely from the war in Iraq, the citizens of that beleaguered nation have not.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.01 of 5 – based on 26 votes