Beyond Patriotism: From Truman to Obama (1st Edition) by James R. Flynn

By James R. Flynn

Past Patriotism argues that a few thousands of usa citizens became “post-national” those that placed the nice of humanity sooner than patriotism or nationwide honour. It discusses the choices that dissatisfied them from the Vietnamese conflict, to the try to positioned Pol Pot again into energy, to the sanctions opposed to Iraq. instead of lamenting the heyday of patriotism, post-national humans may still congratulate themselves on achieving ethical adulthood. they need to make clear their puzzling over why nationalism is bankrupt, what americans may still do to pacify the realm, what they owe to their place of origin, and what they owe to themselves.

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- Kevin Clements, Secretary common foreign Peace learn organization (2008-2010)

"Flynn sees that 'Love of One's Country’ is a perilous factor and argues convincingly for what he calls post-national humanism. this can be a e-book that should be learn by means of somebody keen on making a extra simply and peaceable global within the twenty first century."

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- Jeremy Waldron, Chichele Professor, Oxford University

"I don't be aware of of any further measured mirrored image on those risky concerns, patriotism, nationalism, and their position in an expanding international, than Jim Flynn’s most modern paintings. it really is compelling, the extra so since it is expert by means of a good account of his personal existence and his personal love of the nations that experience shaped his identity."

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- Ramesh Thakur, United countries Assistant Secretary-General (1998-2007)

"In this painfully sincere appraisal of the USA function in global affairs, James Flynn employs a post-nationalist lens to argue that involved voters must never exempt their very own nation from serious ethical scrutiny and judgment. the result's an illuminating and interesting research of a few of the main major and contentious modern issues."

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I suspect that Stalin pursued Russia’s traditional national interest; and that Communist ideology was primarily an instrument of cultural imperialism, a weapon like pan-Slavism, that gave Russia sympathizers abroad and could prove useful as a pretext for intervention. However, no one can go back and read Stalin’s mind. The best we can do is ask: if the Czars had still ruled Russia and Communist ideology were absent, how different would Soviet behavior have been at the end of the Second World War?

Marshall was present and therefore must have acquiesced, and there is no record that he ever tried to re-litigate the decision. What the President heard: July 1945 Ralph A. Bard, Undersecretary of the Navy and a member of the Interim Committee, developed second thoughts about its recommendations. He wrote a letter to Stimson in which he said that he believed that the Japanese were looking for an excuse to surrender, and that prior warning would be sufficient. Although he was assured that Truman had read his letter carefully, he was determined to argue his case in person.

It included: petitions from Chicago’s Met Lab urging prior warning with 88 signatures; a poll of 150 scientists from the Met Lab with alternatives worded so ambiguously that it was unclear whether a majority favored prior warning or not (Compton wrote a covering letter drawing the latter interpretation); a petition urging prior warning from 68 scientists at Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Truman saw them only after he left Potsdam (Compton, 1956; Kneeble and Bailey, 1963). Assessing the decision I will assess the decision-making process, the merits of the decision, and the President that made it.

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