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Superpower Syndrome: America's Apocalyptic Confrontation with the World (Nation Books)
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Some of the most interesting parts come when Lifton talks about the ideas of "controlling history" and therefore controlling life and death. This explains the apocalyptic mindset of those who don't hold religions as the catalyst. This book is a very interesting, and I think accurate, frame through which to view current events. Criticism of the Bush administration is often dismissed as liberal, Democrat slander. This book was not written from any certain political perspective; it was written from a very humane, psychological perspective. The final diagnosis is less of a critique and more of a warning about the imminent threat posed by the current political status quo.
I was telling my sister about this book, and what I thought of it, and she said: "Isn't there a part of you that doesn't want to know these things?" It's an odd question, but understandable. This book is frightening. It forces the reader to consider that we may be in the grips of an apocalyptic cult which, beneath the public-friendly rhetoric about peace and freedom, is motivated by a need to destroy all evil, and all of the world, if necessary.
The author, a Harvard psychiatrist, envisions the U.S. as a beacon of peace, wisdom and dignity, and decries "bull in a china shop" diplomacy that only serves to exacerbate resentment. Bush has been a brilliant advocate for violence, somehow operating under the premise there is a finite number of terrorists - "evildoers". His consolidation of power in all three branches of government (legistative, executive, judiciary) is frightening, and diametrically opposed to how the Founding Fathers designed the Constitution. The latter recognized the potential for good and evil lies within the human psyche, not without: to Bush, "we are good, they are bad". Simplistic and Machiavellian; the end justifies the means. The us against them, black and white thinking prevalent has resulted in the horror (yes, civil war) that is Iraq today. The Middle East has been destabilized, and will likely further deteriorate; there is a history here, of which too many Americans (particularly those in power) are ignorant. It fascinates me that some Americans still believe Iraq was directly responsible for 9/11, that weapons of mass destruction are waiting to be discovered, and that Saddam Hussein harboured Al Qaeda terrorists.
Any extremism, whether Oriental or Occidental, must not be tolerated.Read more ›
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"The idea of apocalyptic martyrdom intensifies the ordeal of the killer as well as his claim to spiritual renewal." page 29. Read morePublished on March 24, 2010 by F. Jones
...but none of it is fiction!
The author explores the mind that believes that might makes right is king and describes in frightening detail historic events which help... Read more
Many have interpreted this book by Robert Jay Lifton as a not-so-veiled attack on the current Bush administration, and they would probably not be wrong. Read morePublished on September 28, 2005 by FrKurt Messick
The author tries to convince us that the Americans have let power go to their heads and have wreaked havoc (and will wreak more and more) on the globe. Read morePublished on February 22, 2004