World Peace, Mass Culture, and National Policies

World Peace, Mass Culture, and National Policies

World Peace, Mass Culture, and National Policies

World Peace, Mass Culture, and National Policies

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A study that attempts the daunting task of connecting the varieties of war and peace notions implicit in cultural institutions and national policies must inevitably answer to the charge of neglecting certain important areas. While this study does attend to a standard of comprehensiveness, at least so far as identifying what I feel must be the salient influences on peace and war issues in the new century, it does not claim to present all areas of the cultural life of the United States as they influence and are affected by attitudes within the wide populace of this most heterogeneous society. In the same way it does not attempt to offer a full analysis of the influences on the corridors of power within the Washington geopolitical establishment. U.S. policymakers have made no secret of their theory for unilateralist and, now more commonly, weak multilateralist approaches to peace and war issues. Their official interpreters regularly publish books and articles in well-known journals such as Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs. George W. Bush administration theorists, some of whom are high officials, intend such writings for the purpose of clarifying their political positions, if not for the public at large at least for an influential readership. Moreover, public speeches, addresses, forums, and book presentations that concern foreign policy are often aired on American and foreign television and radio. My intent in this volume is to uncover approaches to war and peace issues within the general culture, discovering the attitudes toward war and peace and the current state of political activism and . . .

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