Review :

While these may be frightening times we can all rest easier knowing that there are some individuals who refuse to accept the status quo. Erickson provides a concise but captivating analysis of some of humanity's greatest theorists from Plato and Thucydides, to Nietzsche, Derrida and Baudrillard in order to formulate a challenge to the binary logic that stifles contemporary political discussion. Primarily, Erickson meticulously deconstructs the Realist tradition which propagates the idea that "this is the way things are" and furthermore that there is simply "nothing you can do about it." This 'shield logic' can easily captivate the viewer and paralyze them to the point there they slip into apathy. Instead, Erickson provides a fascinating case study of two speeches, one given by former President George W. Bush, and one by current President Barack Obama, in order to grant the reader the ability to not only recognize this 'shield logic' at work, but to teach them how to resist it. As he suggests, to live without fear is to possess a profound sense of power. In the end the reader comprehends that while the logic of the 'politics of fear' appears to be all-encompassing, it is actually incredibly fragile.

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