The Fight Is for Democracy: Winning the War of Ideas in America and the World

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Americans aren't fighting just a war on terrorism ... they are fighting, and losing, a war of ideas.

This riveting collection of original essays by some of the best political minds in America argues that the post–September 11 era has put American democracy itself on trial. In short, defeating terrorism requires us to live up to our own ideals. In The Fight Is for Democracy, nine leading writers take a hard, and at times personal, look at American life and America's role in the world. These pieces share a belief in the need for liberal reform at home and abroad. Power alone is not enough to win hearts and minds around the world. The war against terrorism should be a war for democracy.

Edited and with an Introduction by George Packer, The Fight Is for Democracy pushes the national debate in provocative new directions with essays on:

  • Domestic politics and foreign policy -- Michael Tomasky, political columnist for New York magazine

  • Human rights and intervention -- Laura Secor, Boston Globe staff writer

  • Secularism -- Vijay Seshadri, author and professor at Sarah Lawrence College

  • Patriotism -- Todd Gitlin, author and professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University

  • Politics in the Arab World -- Kanan Makiya, author and professor at Brandeis University

  • Intellectuals and American culture -- Susie Linfield, associate director of the Cultural Reporting and Criticism program at New York University

  • Globalization -- William Finnegan, staff writer at The New Yorker

  • Economic inequality -- Jeff Madrick, editor of Challenge magazine

  • Liberalism and terror -- Paul Berman, contributing editor of The New Republic

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George Packer is the author of two novels and two works of non-fiction, most recently Blood of the Liberals, which won the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. A recent Guggenheim Fellow, he contributes to "The New York Times Magazine", "The New Yorker", "Dissent", and other publications. He lives in Brooklyn.

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Because neither stealth bombers nor laser-guided munitions can well serve a nation that doesn't know what it is fighting for, liberal commentator Packer has assembled a small choir of voices to articulate the democratic vision that America must defend in the post-9/11 world. That vision, Packer insists in his introduction, must reflect values beyond the identity politics (race, gender, and sexual orientation) that have for too long balkanized American liberalism. That vision must renew the country's faith in its unifying ideals of equality and inclusiveness. In defending those ideals, contributor Paul Berman probes the global threat to freedom now posed by Islamic totalitarianism, while Susie Linfield argues for a political realism that includes rather than excludes hope and moral principles. Because the nine contributors scrutinize widely different issues, some involving sharply contrasting regions of the world, the book as a whole does not cohere into one clear philosophical statement or political agenda. But this stimulating collection of essays will enrich a national discussion of 9/11 too often limited to military tactics and counterterrorism strategies. Bryce Christensen
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