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1. The President And Presidentialism–Dana D. Nelson
2. Crude Wars–Timothy Brennan And Keya Ganguly
3. Son Of Bush Or Son Of God: Politics And The Religious Subaltern In The United States, From
4. Global Executioner–Neil Smith
5. The Afterlife Of Fascism–Nikhil Singh
6. Discursive Dynamics Of George W. Bush: A View From South Africa Ten Years After
Apartheid–Stanley G. M. Ridge
7. New Warriors Among American Foreign Policy Theorists–Pierre Guerlain
8. What Bush Missed In Chile–Ariel Dorfman
9. A Citizen’s Response To The National Security Strategy Of The United States Of America–Wendell Berry
10. Mr. Malaprop, Or, No President Left Behind–Lawrence R. Schehr
11. George W. Bush And The F-Word–Thomas L. Dumm
12. The Eighteenth Brumaire Of George W. Bush: Campaign 2004 As Tragedy And Farce–Michael Bérubé
13. War Rhetorics: The National Security Strategy Of The United States And President Bush’s Globalization-Through-Benevolent-Empire–Stephen John Hartnett and Laura Ann Stengrim
14. Downsizing Democracy, Upsizing The Presidency–Matthew A. Crenson And Benjamin Ginsberg
15. Mass Support For Power Politics–Melissa A. Orlie
16. The Culture Of Force–Christopher Newfield
17. Notes On Contributors
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The 2004 reelection of President George W. Bush came as a shock to many politically liberal American citizens and intellectuals who opposed his first administration and its controversial policies and politics. Aimed at this “amBushed” political constituency, AmBushed, a special issue of SAQ, dares to ask how Bush’s reelection took so many by surprise and—through an analysis of the Bush administration and how it garners political strength and executes its policies—examines the way in which the political Left may regain its footing. The diverse perspectives—from respected intellectuals and scholars from the United States and abroad—reflect a range of opinions within democracy and intend to stimulate a constructive debate, fostering the development of new strategies to strengthen and improve the political agenda and efficacy of the Left.
One essay argues that the Left has ceded its political vision—forgoing active political organization in favor of simply voicing political criticism of the president—allowing its activist sensibilities and abilities to atrophy. Others explore the Bush administration, its masterful machtpolitik (power politics), its strategic feminization of its opposition, its aggressive expansion of executive-branch powers, and its flirtation with what some have labeled American fascism or totalitarianism; still others reflect on how the Left has insulated itself from both reality and politics. A contributor from South Africa draws parallels between apartheid proponents and their tactics and President Bush. Others analyze “Bush II” as the leader of the Christian Right, as a skillful exploiter and manipulator of the mainstream media, as the chief spokesman for “evangelical capitalism,” and as the world’s most powerful lobbyist for corporate interests.
Contributors. Wendell Berry, Michael Bérubé, Timothy Brennan, Sharad Chari, Matthew A. Crenson, Ariel Dorfman, Thomas L. Dumm, Keya Ganguly, Benjamin Ginsberg, Pierre Guerlain, Stephen Hartnett, Dana D. Nelson, Chris Newfield, Melissa A. Orlie, Stanley G. M. Ridge, Larry Schehr, Nikhil Singh, Neil Smith, Laura Ann Stengrim