- Series: Boston Review Books
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: The MIT Press (April 2, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0262014270
- ISBN-13: 978-0262014274
- Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.6 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,451,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rule of Law, Misrule of Men (Boston Review Books)
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Harvard professor of aesthetics Scarry (The Body in Pain) develops a forceful condemnation of Bush-era government excesses while articulating a broad philosophy of governance and consent. Scarry makes a provocative case against President Bush and Vice President Cheney for conspiracy to murder American citizens, based on the willful misrepresentation of facts that led America's military into war. She examines how American soldiers, in turn, were led to practice not just torture but all manner of treachery and perfidy as defined by the Geneva and Hague Conventions and by the rules and standards of our own military, including attacks on hospitals, denial of medical treatment to prisoners, and inciting the assassination of enemy leaders. Scarry reserves her greatest indignation for how the Patriot Act has perverted the relationship between citizens and their government, eliminating privacy for citizens while shrouding the actions of their government in secrecy—rendering hollow the citizenry's consent to be governed. A cogent and frightening reminder of what's at stake for us as a nation. (Apr.)
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Excoriating and elegant, Elaine Scarry takes us to the big issues: why the rule of law matters, what went wrong, and what is needed to put it right.(Philippe Sands, author of Lawless World and Torture Team, Professor of Law, University College London)
Some of the most trenchant and passionate analysis of the politics of democracy and terror in the United States. These essays are a searing call to conscience, an eloquent plea for justice, and a damning indictment of the Bush administration's response to 9/11.(David Cole, Professor of Law, Georgetown University, coauthor of Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror)
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Scarry presents pertinent facts and outlines routes by which citizens can halt the deluge. Her program is practical and not pie in the sky. A responsible citizenry would achieve much thereby. Since the latter is highly unlikely to materialize, it's just as well that the book devotes lots of attention to the absorbing philosophical issues involved. In showing us what we are losing, probably forever, she provides loads of clarification and discerns threads of meaning & necessity in the mad tangle of human folly.
There are glimpses here of the irreversible sea changes moving inexerably beneath the surface of our times. A humane future is being foreclosed for all human beings, due to the present trends indicated in the title of the book.