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Cold War Redux: On the "New Totalitarianism"

Cold War Redux: On the "New Totalitarianism" Page 171 REFLECTIONS AND REPORTS America is at the center of world attention. It is the last hope for imperialism and the old democracy. . . . The theoretical interpretation of the United States, its past, present and future has become therefore a truly international task, a part of the international struggle . . . of all oppressed peoples. —C. L. R. James, “Education, Agitation, and Propaganda,” 1944 It may even be that the true predicaments of our time will assume their authentic form—and not necessarily the cruelest—only when totalitarianism has become a thing of the past. —Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism, 1951 Nikhil Pal Singh Nothing can mitigate the horrifying devastation and loss of September 11. For those of us with connections to the dead, grief is still close at hand. It is thus difficult to reflect on these events with equanimity and proper ethical balance, while also insisting on situating them within a historical and political context. But it nonetheless seems important to try. With a B-movie resonance that loops through a perpetual media feedback, the images of commercial jets flying into skyscrapers remain hauntingly dissonant, as if everything the postmodern sages have told us http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Radical History Review Duke University Press

Cold War Redux: On the "New Totalitarianism"

Radical History Review , Volume 2003 (85) – Jan 1, 2003

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2003 by MARHO: The Radical Historians' Organization, Inc.
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0163-6545
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1534-1453
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10.1215/01636545-2003-85-171
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Page 171 REFLECTIONS AND REPORTS America is at the center of world attention. It is the last hope for imperialism and the old democracy. . . . The theoretical interpretation of the United States, its past, present and future has become therefore a truly international task, a part of the international struggle . . . of all oppressed peoples. —C. L. R. James, “Education, Agitation, and Propaganda,” 1944 It may even be that the true predicaments of our time will assume their authentic form—and not necessarily the cruelest—only when totalitarianism has become a thing of the past. —Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism, 1951 Nikhil Pal Singh Nothing can mitigate the horrifying devastation and loss of September 11. For those of us with connections to the dead, grief is still close at hand. It is thus difficult to reflect on these events with equanimity and proper ethical balance, while also insisting on situating them within a historical and political context. But it nonetheless seems important to try. With a B-movie resonance that loops through a perpetual media feedback, the images of commercial jets flying into skyscrapers remain hauntingly dissonant, as if everything the postmodern sages have told us

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Radical History ReviewDuke University Press

Published: Jan 1, 2003

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