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Persistent Panics

the wars on drugs, crime, terrorism and war

ByBrian Martin

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Drugs, crime, terrorism and war are all serious problems. What should be done about them? How about declaring war on them? Yet the war approach hasn’t fixed any of these problems but instead seems to have made things worse. The wars on drugs, crime, terrorism and war can be understood as persistent panics. They each share features with what are called moral panics, as well as features of long-lived public scientific controversies. Despite being dysfunctional and damaging, the wars continue. They thrive by exaggerating threats, creating enemies, hiding more serious problems, building empires and fostering supportive belief systems. Brian Martin analyses these four wars, showing similarities and commenting on ways to end the panics. He doesn’t offer solutions but provides ideas for those who care about the heavy toll of persistent panics. Brian Martin is emeritus professor of social sciences at the University of Wollongong, Australia. He is the author of 20 books and hundreds of articles on nonviolent action, dissent, scientific controversies and tactics against injustice, and is vice president of Whistleblowers Australia.

Details

Publication Date
Jul 18, 2022
Language
English
ISBN
9789188061621
Category
Social Science
Copyright
Creative Commons ShareAlike (CC BY-SA)
Contributors
By (author): Brian Martin

Specifications

Pages
312
Binding
Perfect Bound
Interior Color
Black & White
Dimensions
A5 (5.83 x 8.27 in / 148 x 210 mm)

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