U.S. vs. Them: How Half Century of Conservatism Has Undermined American Security

By J. Peter Scoblic

For Scoblic's conservatives, all human reality, including international relations aligns itself like magnetized metal filings along force fields of good and evil. Fetishizing "moral clarity," they see a black-and-white world where the murky realms of moral ambiguity must be avoided at all costs. For them, America has a quasi-divine global mission to promote righteousness and combat evil or, in a partially desacralized formulation, to spread democracy and destroy tyranny.

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