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Rule of Law, Misrule of Men
Author: Elaine Scarry

ISBN: 9780262014274
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 18 March 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.8 x 11.4 x 1.5
Description:
This book is a passionate call for citizen action to uphold the rule of law when government does not. Arguing that post-9/11 legislation and foreign policy severed the executive branch from the will of the people, Elaine Scarry in "Rule of Law, Misrule of Men" offers a fierce defense of the people's role as guarantor of our democracy. She begins with the groundswell of local resistance to the 2001 Patriot Act, when hundreds of towns, cities, and counties passed resolutions refusing compliance with the information-gathering the act demanded, showing that citizens can take action against laws that undermine the rights of citizens and noncitizens alike. Scarry, once described in the "New York Times Sunday Magazine" as "known for her unflinching investigations of war, torture, and pain," then turns to the conduct of the Iraqi occupation, arguing that the Bush administration led the country onto treacherous moral terrain, violating the Geneva Conventions and the armed forces' own most fundamental standards. She warns of the damage done to democracy when military personnel must choose between their own codes of warfare and the illegal orders of...

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