Week 5, Desiring War: Apocalypse, Commodity Fetish, and the End of History, Erin Runions (Sugirtharajah)

October 29, 2007

This was definitely an interesting article that tied together how a religio-philosophical perspective is deeply woven into Bush’s public discourse of the legitimization for war. He particularly notes how the word “history” is a “thinly veiled, secular substitution for ‘God’, who chooses and calls the US to its unique, covenantal, and universal mission of protecting the world against apocalyptic terror and destruction” (113). Runions then notes how the term “freedom” is tied in Bush’s rhetoric to a “sacred fight” justified through American values and morality that emphasize the importance of freedom to desire and obtain economic resources (115). As an Anabaptist, this depth of analysis or counter-discourse about the Bush administration’s war rhetoric and philosophical framework furthered my understanding of why I cannot support the government’s advancement of a war agenda.

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One Response to “Week 5, Desiring War: Apocalypse, Commodity Fetish, and the End of History, Erin Runions (Sugirtharajah)”

  1. wess Says:

    great review.


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