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Michael F. Bérubé

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814799840

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814799840.001.0001

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Nowhere Left to Go

Nowhere Left to Go

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The Left at War

Michael Bérubé

NYU Press

This chapter examines two different approaches to understanding the debates on whether the United States should have responded to al-Qaeda with military action in Afghanistan, and whether it should have then proceeded to invade Iraq. One school of thought holds that American mass media “manufacture” popular consent for imperialist crusades abroad and reactionary social policies at home. The other school of thought holds that popular consent is won rather than manufactured, and that it is won by means of struggles and strategies undertaken not only in the state apparatus but in the many and various institutions of civil society. The chapter then looks at the conflict between the work of Stuart Hall and the work of Noam Chomsky as theorists of and on the left.

Keywords:   al-Qaeda, military action, Iraq invasion, American mass media, corporate oligarchy, popular consent, imperialist crusades, social policies, Stuart Hall, Noam Chomsky

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