Instant Access to the Journals You Need

for just $40 per month.

Get 2 Weeks Free

Nihilism, Liberalism and Terror

Nihilism, Liberalism and Terror


Nihilism, Liberalism and Terror Neal Curtis Terror and Liberalism by Paul Berman New York: W.W. Norton, 2003, 214 pp. Empire of Disorder by Alain Joxe Los Angeles, CA and New York: Semiotext(e), 2002, 221 pp. I SINCE SEPTEMBER 2001 a myth has been developing, that terrorism is a threat to liberal democracy. This is a falsehood and a dangerous one at that, for while liberal democracy is indeed under threat the charge that terrorism is the root cause is misplaced, for it externalizes the danger and serves to hide a much more endemic and structural threat. To question the myth, however, does not mean that we cannot condemn the activities of the emergent, global terror network, nor does it signal an inabil- ity to name the indiscriminate killing of people an absolute wrong. We should, however, challenge the rhetoric that categorizes these activities as evil, for this reduces any possible comprehension of actions in a way that condemning something as wrong does not. The rhetoric of evil automatically establishes sufficient cause by imputing some essential character to the perpetrators. Evil people do evil things. To condemn something as wrong, however, does not carry its own sufficient cause; it
Loading next page...

You're reading a free preview. Subscribe to read the entire article.

And millions more from thousands of peer-reviewed journals, for only $40/month.

Get 2 Weeks Free

To be the best researcher, you need access to the best research

  • With DeepDyve, you can stop worrying about how much articles cost, or if it's too much hassle to order — it's all at your fingertips. Your research is important and deserves the top content.
  • Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from Springer, Elsevier, Nature, IEEE, Wiley-Blackwell and more.
  • All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.

Stop missing out on the latest updates in your field

  • We’ll send you automatic email updates on the keywords and journals you tell us are most important to you.
  • There is a lot of content out there, so we help you sift through it and stay organized.