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The lesser evil : political ethics in an age of terror, Michael Ignatieff

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The lesser evil : political ethics in an age of terror
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The lesser evil
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political ethics in an age of terror
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Michael Ignatieff
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eng
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Must We Fight Terrorism with terror, match assassination with assassination, and torture with torture? Must we sacrifice civil liberty to protect public safety? In the age of terrorism, the temptations of ruthlessness can be overwhelming. But we are pulled in the other direction, too, by the anxiety that a violent response to violence makes us morally indistinguishable from our enemies. There is perhaps no greater political challenge today than trying to win the war against terror without losing our democratic souls. Michael Ignatieff confronts this challenge head-on, with the combination of hardheaded idealism, historical sensitivity, and political judgment that has made him one of the most influential voices in international affairs today. Ignatieff argues that we must not shrink from the use of violence-that far from undermining liberal democracy, force can be necessary for its survival. But its use must be measured, not a program of torture and revenge. And we must not fool ourselves that whatever we do in the name of freedom and democracy is good. We may need to kill to fight the greater evil of terrorism, but we must never pretend that doing so is anything better than a lesser evil. In making this case, Ignatieff traces the modern history of terrorism and counterterrorism, from the nihilists of czarist Russia and the militias of Weimar Germany to the IRA and the unprecedented menace of Al Qaeda, with its suicidal agents bent on mass destruction. He shows how the most potent response to terror has been force, decisive and direct, but-just as important-restrained. The public scrutiny and political ethics that motivate restraint also give democracy its strongest weapon: the moral power to endure when the furies of vengeance and hatred are spent. The book is based on the Gifford Lectures delivered at the University of Edinburgh in 2003. "Michael Ignatieff has written a sober yet chilling account of the issues facing liberal democracies in the face of modern international terrorism. In a surgical analysis he describes the challenges facing their leaders and citizens. His warning of the critical dangers of under-and over-reaction in combating terrorism could not be more timely."--Justice Richard Goldstone, Constitutional Court of South Africa."Michael Ignatieff's The Lesser Evil is a strikingly readable rumination on the ethical challenge of our time: How can a liberal democracy survive the long struggle against terror and do so in ways that preserve its institutions and dignity intact? His answer is a profound moral analysis, drawing on insights from philosophy, law, and literature, of how to surmount the strength of the terrorists, who are weak, and avoid the weakness of the democracies, who can be both strong and just."-Michael Doyle, Harold Brown Professor of Law and International Affairs, Columbia University
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Addresses difficult issues surrounding the challenge of fighting terrorism without sacrificing non-violence ethics, arguing that America must not shrink from the use of violence in order to safeguard people and protect the nation's survival, and calling for an appropriate use of carefully measured force without revenge as an agenda
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169416
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TEF
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Ignatieff, Michael
Dewey number
172.4
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6431
LC item number
.I46 2004
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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True
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The Gifford lectures
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  • Political ethics
  • Terrorism
  • International relations
  • International relations
  • Political ethics
  • Terrorism
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adult
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political ethics in an age of terror
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The lesser evil : political ethics in an age of terror, Michael Ignatieff
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-204) and index
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Contents
Democracy and the lesser evil -- The ethics of emergency -- The weakness of the strong -- The strength of the weak -- The temptations of nihilism -- Liberty and Armageddon
Control code
1793137
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 212 pages
Isbn
9780691117515
Lccn
2003107023
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9780691117515
  • (OCoLC)55013434
Label
The lesser evil : political ethics in an age of terror, Michael Ignatieff
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-204) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Democracy and the lesser evil -- The ethics of emergency -- The weakness of the strong -- The strength of the weak -- The temptations of nihilism -- Liberty and Armageddon
Control code
1793137
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 212 pages
Isbn
9780691117515
Lccn
2003107023
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780691117515
  • (OCoLC)55013434

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