Rule of Law, Misrule of Men (Boston Review Books) Elaine Scarry

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Rule of Law, Misrule of Men (Boston Review Books) by Elaine Scarry
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This book is a passionate call for citizen action to uphold the rule of law whengovernment does not. Arguing that post-9/11 legislation and foreign policy severed the executivebranch from the will of the people, Elaine Scarry in Rule of Law, MisruleMoreThis book is a passionate call for citizen action to uphold the rule of law whengovernment does not. Arguing that post-9/11 legislation and foreign policy severed the executivebranch from the will of the people, Elaine Scarry in Rule of Law, Misrule of Men offers a fiercedefense of the peoples role as guarantor of our democracy.

She begins with the groundswell of localresistance to the 2001 Patriot Act, when hundreds of towns, cities, and counties passed resolutionsrefusing compliance with the information-gathering the act demanded, showing that citizens can takeaction against laws that undermine the rights of citizens and noncitizens alike. Scarry, oncedescribed in the New York Times Sunday Magazine as known for her unflinching investigations ofwar, torture, and pain, then turns to the conduct of the Iraqi occupation, arguing that theBush administration led the country onto treacherous moral terrain, violating the Geneva Conventionsand the armed forces own most fundamental standards.

She warns of the damage done to democracy whenmilitary personnel must choose between their own codes of warfare and the illegal orders of theircivilian superiors. If our military leaders uphold the rule of law when civilian leaders do not,might we come to prefer them? Finally, reviewing what we know now about the Bush administrationscrimes, Scarry insists that prosecution--whether local, national, or international--is essential torestoring the rule of law, and she shows how a brave town in Vermont has taken up thechallenge.Throughout the book, Scarry finds hope in moments where citizens withheld their consent togrievous crimes, finding creative ways to stand by their patriotism.



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