Synopses & Reviews
A much-needed citizens' manual that explains the evasion of moral principles that underlie appeals to patriotism, and the difference between a vibrant and an empty, stage-managed democracy. Vital reading for anyone who would seek to forge a viable alternative politics in the contemporary U.S.
As we approach the elections of 2004, U.S. progressives are faced with the challenge of how to confront our unresponsive and apparently untouchable power structures. With millions of anti-war demonstrators glibly dismissed as a "focus group," and with the collapse of political and intellectual dialogue into slogans and imperatives used to stifle protest "Support the Troops," We Are the Greatest Nation On Earth," etc. a state of hopelessness and cynicism can become overwhelming.
Citizens of the Empire probes deeply into the sense of disempowerment that has resulted from the Left's inability to halt the violent and repressive course of post-9/11 U.S. policy. In this passionate and very personal exploration of what it means to be a citizen of the world's most powerful, affluent and militarized nation in an era of imperial expansion, Jensen offers a potent antidote to leftists' despair over the future of democracy.
In a plainspoken deconstruction of the dominant political rhetoric intentionally crafted to depress political discourse and activism Jensen reveals the contradictions and falsehoods of the prevailing myths by using common-sense analogies that provide the reader with a clear-thinking rebuttal and a way to move forward with progressive political work and discussions.
With an ethical framework that integrates political, intellectual and emotional responses to thedisheartening events of the past two years, Jensen examines the ways in which society has been led to this point and offers renewed hope for constructive engagement.
"Among those who would meet the challenge for justice, there is anger and
there is hope. Robert Jensen has managed the unusual accomplishment of
describing and invoking both." Phyllis Bennis, author of Before and After:
U.S. Foreign Policy and the September 11th Crisis and Calling the Shots: How
Washington Dominates Today's UN
"Robert Jensen supplies a much needed citizens' manual, that explains well
the evasion of moral principles that underlie appeals to patriotism, and the
differences between nominal and real free speech and a vibrant versus an
empty and managed democracy." Edward S. Herman, author of The Real Terror
Network: Terrorism in Fact and Propaganda and The Myth of the Liberal Media
"Citizens of the Empire is vital reading for anyone and everyone who would
seek to forge a viable alternative politics in modern America." Ward
Churchill, author of A Little Matter of Genocide and Perversions of
"Jensen makes a powerful case that we can stop being passive spectators and
start being active co-creators of history." Norman Solomon, co-author,
Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn¹t Tell You, Executive Director,
Institute for Public Accuracy
"That the U.S. today is engaged in a project of empire-building is now beyond debate. But few have clarified the consequences and the choice facing those of us who are citizens of that empire: to challenge it peacefully, from within, or to watch aghast as others attack it, violently, from without. Among those who would meet that challenge for justice, there is anger and there is hope. Bob Jensen has managed the unusual accomplishment of describing and invoking both."Phyllis Bennis, author of "Before and After: U.S. Foreign Policy and the September 11th Crisis"&"Calling the Shots: How Washington Dominates Today's UN"
"Robert Jensen does more than challenge us to think and feel he also encourages us to transform our lives. While Citizens of the Empire provides cogent information and analysis, the book also offers real clarity about the emotional imperatives of coming to terms with grim aspects of the status quo. At the same time that he demolishes media myths about the "war on terrorism," Jensen takes apart key mechanisms of propaganda, militarism and convenient illusions. Midway through the first decade of the 21st century, this book will jolt readers into a truer reckoning with their own beliefs and capabilities. Jensen makes a powerful case that we can stop being passive spectators and start being active co-creators of history. Citizens of the Empire is a book of realism and hope a strong antidote to the poisons of conformity and despair." Norman Solomon, Co-author, Target Iraq: What the News Media Didnt Tell You, Executive Director, Institute for Public Accuracy
Cultural Writing. CITIZENS OF THE EMPIRE is a passionate and personal exploration of what it means to be a citizen of the world's most powerful, affluent, and militarized nation in an era of imperial expansion. With an ethical framework that integrates politcal, intellectual and emotional responses to the disheartening events of the past two years, Jensen provides a plainspoken analysis of the dominant politcal rhethoric, a progressive and clear-thinking rebuttal to the prevailing social myths, and renewed hope for constructive engagement. Robert Jensen is a professor of media law, ethics and politics at the University of Texas, Austin.
Maintaining political, intellectual, and ethical hope in the heart of the world's most powerful nation.
About the Author
Author Robert Jensen is a professor of media law, ethics and politics at
the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author of Writing Dissent: Taking
Radical Ideas from the Margins to the Mainstream, among other books. He
also writes for popular media, and his opinion and analytic pieces on foreign
policy, politics and race have appeared in USA Today, LA Times,
Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsday, Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, Atlanta
Journal-Constitution, The Hindu (India), Al-Ahram (Cairo), The Progressive
and on web sites Alternet, Common Dreams, Counterpunch, ZNet.