The Good Fight

The Good Fight

Why Liberals--and Only Liberals--can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again

Book - 2006
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Once upon a time, liberals knew what they believed. They believed America must lead the world by persuasion, not command. And they believed that by championing freedom overseas, America itself could become more free. That liberal spirit won America's trust at the dawn of the cold war. Then it collapsed in the wake of Vietnam. Now, after 9/11, and the failed presidency of George W. Bush, America needs it back.

In this powerful and provocative book, Peter Beinart offers a new liberal vision, based on principles liberals too often forget: That America's greatness cannot simply be asserted; it must be proved. That to be good, America does not have to be pure. That American leadership is not American empire. And that liberalism cannot merely define itself against the right, but must fervently oppose the totalitarianism that blighted Europe a half century ago, and which stalks the Islamic world today.

With liberals severed from their own history, conservatives have drawn on theirs--the principles of national chauvinism and moral complacency that America once rejected. The country will reject them again, and embrace the creed that brought it greatness before. But only if liberals remember what that means. It means an unyielding hostility to totalitarianism--and a recognition that defeating it requires bringing hope to the bleakest corners of the globe. And it means understanding that democracy begins at home, in a nation that does not merely preach about justice, but becomes more just itself.

Peter Beinart's The Good Fight is a passionate rejoinder to the conservatives who have ruled Washington since 9/11. It is an intellectual lifeline for a Democratic Party lying flat on its back. And it is a call for liberals to revive the spirit that swept America, and inspired the world.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060841614
Branch Call Number: 973.93 BEI
Characteristics: xiii, 288 p. ; 24 cm.


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Aug 23, 2013

A most bizarre book written by confused people!?!? Pushing "American Exceptionalism" (just like the neocons?) and garbling much of history (including the reasoning behind the latest GWOT, or GLobal War on Terror???) the authors are confused and confusing: the coup of the 1960s, with the murders of President Kennedy, Malcolm X, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Sen. Bobby Kennedy (immediately after his win of the California presidential primary on his way to the 1968 presidency) radically altered everything in favor of the oligarchs, or hegemons! These two clowns will never understand this fundamental truth! Evidently, neither of these two "authors" are familiar with the offshoring of jobs, technology and investment to a whole bunch of totalitarian countries, e.g., China, Vietnam, Oman, Jordan, etc., etc., etc. (Suggest they both read two of sociologist Donald Gibson's books: "Battling Wall Street: The Kennedy Presidency" and "Wealth, Power and the Crisis in Laissez Faire Capitalism") From the second review: ". Former New Republic editor Beinart assails both an anti-imperialist left that rejects the exercise of U.S. power" - - Operation Brother Sam? ? ? Operation TKapax? ? ? Operation Mockingbird? ? ? These two are nuts! Dropping tons of bombs on the sovereign territory of Vietnam, for what reason? To later offshore jobs there? To offshore military defense tech to China?

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