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Reagan Trilateralism and the Neoliberals: Containment and Intervention in the 1980s

Holly Sklar

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ISBN 10: 089608213X / ISBN 13: 9780896082137
Published by South End Press 1986, Clean and Unmarked Text, 1986
Condition: Good Clean Cond. Soft cover
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Paperback : soft cover edition in good plus condition, a typical used book with slight wear to edges and spine. Some minor bumping or creases. Overall good / nice copy of this scarce title. Excellent reading on the subject. A good book to enjoy and keep on hand for yourself. Or would make an ideal gift for the fan / reader in your life. Reading is one of the great pleasures in life. Size: Politics / History / Cultural Biography. Bookseller Inventory # 5028519

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Title: Reagan Trilateralism and the Neoliberals: ...

Publisher: South End Press 1986, Clean and Unmarked Text

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Soft Cover / Pictorial Binding

Illustrator: Some b/w Illustrations

Book Condition:Good Clean Cond.

Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket

Book Type: Political History

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Demystifies U.S. foreign policy in the 80s and explores the policy options of rollback, "moderate" containement, and neoliberal containment. Uses the examples of Nicaragua to unravel pretexts for U.S. intervention throughout the Third World.

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"Ignorance is Strength." "War is Peace." "Freedom is Slavery." The slogans of Orwell's Nfinistry of Truth, according to Holly Sklar's analysis, describe the reality of U.S. politics in the eighties. In short, 1984 has arrived. Sklar's lucidly written pamphlet compares the Reagan Administration's rhetoric to the reality of world events, and in the current period of doublespeak the rhetoric has become the reality. Peddling the slogan that "America is Back -Standing Tall," the Reagan Administration has successfully realized one of its primary political goals: it has recreated the myth of "Heroic America," an America "besieged by hostile forces at home and abroad." But Sklar views the reality of "Heroic America" as something quite different from the administration's public relations depictions of the idea: "Heroic America is White, Christian patriarchal ... a National Insecurity State" blended together by paranoia and arrogance. And if America does stand tall, it attains its stature by standing on the backs of the weak. For, Sklar concludes, "(t)he U.S. is the world's greatest terrorist state and few Americans know it." Holly Sklar's short work provides a ray of light in a political universe darkened by a resurgent "Know Nothingism," a celebration of ignorance that is, at least in part, produced and maintained by the slick public relations of the Reagan Administration. Yet, herein lies the problem. Even if we grant the validity of the author's argument -a concession that many readers will not make how has this all come to pass? Why is it that the facts are unknown to most of us? Why does the press often abdicate its responsibility, as Sklar suggests? Why do we celebrate ignorance? Answers to these questions would shed additional light on the structure and exercise of power in the United States. It is somewhat disappointing that with the exception of a few general statements the author does not pursue these issues. Still, this failure is more the fault of the nature of the work than Sklar's analysis; it is, after all, a short pamphlet. In any case, whether we agree with her conclusions or not, Sklar's pamphlet is provocative and thought-provoking. For these reasons alone it is worth reading. -- From Independent Publisher

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