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States of Emergency: The Object of American Studies

States of Emergency: The Object of American Studies

By Russ Castronovo (Editor), Susan Gillman (Editor)

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The Archeology of Decline

“Debtpocalypse” looms. Depending on who wins out in Washington, we’re told, we will either free fall over the fiscal cliff or take a terrifying slide to the pit at the bottom. Grim as these scenarios might seem, there is something confected about the mise-en-scène, like an un-fun Playland. After all, there is no fiscal cliff, or at least there was none—until the two parties built it.

Posted on Dec 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Who Lost the World?

Who lost Libya? Indeed, who lost the entire Middle East? Those are the questions lurking behind the endless stream of headlines about “Benghazi-gate.” But the question we should really ask is: How did a tragic but isolated incident at a U.S. consulate, in a place few Americans had ever heard of, get blown up into a pivotal issue in a too-close-to-call presidential contest?

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 READ MORE



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American Decline: Debated, Contested, Obvious

Is the United States in decline? It’s clear to anyone who has been to Europe or the major Asian states recently, where everything works beautifully, even if Europe’s debts are not paid off.

Posted on Apr 10, 2012 READ MORE



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The Imperial Way: American Decline in Perspective, Part 2

In the years of America’s conscious, self-inflicted decline at home, “losses” have continued to mount elsewhere.

Posted on Feb 16, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Losing’ the World: American Decline in Perspective, Part 1

Significant anniversaries are sometimes ignored. At the moment, we are failing to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the most destructive and murderous act of aggression of the post-World War II period: the invasion of South Vietnam and later all of Indochina.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE


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