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Citizens Dissent: Security, Morality, and Leadership in an Age of Terror

Citizens Dissent Security Morality and Leadership in an Age of Terror Wendell Berry and David James Duncan present a haunting call to the collective conscience of the citizenry and an urgent challenge to the meaning and workings of a true democracy Their patriotic diss

  • Title: Citizens Dissent: Security, Morality, and Leadership in an Age of Terror
  • Author: Wendell Berry David James Duncan
  • ISBN: 9780913098622
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Paperback
  • Wendell Berry and David James Duncan present a haunting call to the collective conscience of the citizenry, and an urgent challenge to the meaning and workings of a true democracy Their patriotic dissents expand the context for questions of terror and security, and present an enlightened understanding of the threats to and responsibilities of freedom.

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    About "Wendell Berry David James Duncan"

    1. Wendell Berry David James Duncan

      Wendell Berry is a conservationist, farmer, essayist, novelist, professor of English and poet He was born August 5, 1934 in Henry County, Kentucky where he now lives on a farm The New York Times has called Berry the prophet of rural America.

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    1. Both essays in this book surround the decision of Bush II to go to invade Iraq I ve heard many good things about Wendell Berry but his essay was disappointing Peace and war is a contradiction, he says Opt for peace not war Invading Iraq was a huge mistake for a variety of reasons, but not for Berry s formulaic peace not war approach In the second essay, Duncan wraps the flag of universal peace and brotherhood around himself with a martyr like tone that is off putting Love thy neighbor as thyself [...]


    2. It is useless to try to adjudicate a long standing animosity by asking who started it or who is the most wrong The only sufficient answer is to give up the animosity and try forgiveness,k to try to love our enemies and to talk to them and if we pray to pray for them If we can t do any of that, then we must begin again by trying to imagine our enemies children who, like our children, are in mortal danger because of enmity that they did not cause We can no longer afford to confuse peaceability wit [...]


    3. In the midst of this new year of dissent, I finally read this small 2003 book by the poet and essayist Wendell Berry and the novelist David James Duncan opposing the Iraq War and the moral decay of our nation As imperative as all of this felt in 2003, it seems quaint now Yet, I do believe that the immoral decisions of our government and society at that time have contributed to the rise in immorality of the Trump Era So sad that the Obama s years, which were originally conceived as an age of rede [...]


    4. Two short essay One by David James Duncan and one by Wendell Berry The essays are a response to the rhetoric in the United States pre Iraq war The themes could not be similar to the current dialogue in the public sphere Berry opens his ideas of conservation as a national security measure Challenging the idea of consumption and economics that then drive the value of war Duncan emphasizes that compassion and empathy begin with imagination and fiction Our ability to see the other and put on their [...]


    5. I guess overall I would say that these two essays are nothing special There are a few insights, and I firmly believe that Berry and Duncan are right, but most of the criticisms of U.S government policy circa 2001 have been captured better by others.Also, Duncan s essay is better than Berry s, in my opinion.


    6. This short book is comprised of two essays written in 2003 in response to the National Security Strategy of the U.S They are profound and disturbing, if not prophetic Their sensitivity and fairness is matched with compassion in a way that engenders hope.




    7. Wendell Berry and David James Duncan in the same book It s bound to be wonderful And it is Full of sobering statistics and realities and yet somehow inspiring and hopeful.


    8. A moving book Makes me want to do something about the sad state that the world is in, but what can I do How can I apply my particular talents and skills for the good of society


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