evils in future American schemata are matters for speculation. As long as there
exist leftist revolutionaries and regimes who can be labeled as communists, it is
unlikely that communism will disappear from American minds. In the absence
of the Soviet threat, the United States will continue to exert its power in the name
of freedom and democracy. The negative image of communism, which became
so prominent during the cold war, is likely to retain its power as a condensational
symbol, and it will continue to play a role in maintaining the American patriotic
schema in the context of American interventionism.
"Oppression" was not included in this study because its importance to the schema
was not yet realized when the questionnaire was created.
A number of other words and phrases were also included in word-pairs on the
questionnaire. Those words included China, Iran, South Africa, the Nicaraguan government, the Nicaraguan Contras, and capitalism. Aside from some of the findings concerning China, the responses to pairs containing these words are not discussed in this
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Book title: Perpetuating Patriotic Perceptions:The Cognitive Funtion of the Cold War.
Contributors: Matthew S. Hirshberg - Author.
Publisher: Praeger Publishers.
Place of publication: Westport, CT.
Publication year: 1993.
Page number: 162.
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