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Georgetown University Campus (37th and Street), Inter Cultural Center 450. 12-1:30pm.

Tuesday, November 7: Lecture, Greg Grandin

Profesor Greg Gradin teaches at New York University and is the author of "Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States and the rise of new imperialism".

Empire's Workshop is one of the first books to examine how a preemptive foreign policy in Latin America, which included sponsoring coups, death-squad states, and paramilitary insurgencies, has transformed America's domestic policies, forging today's ruling coalition of neoconservatives, Christian evangelicals, free marketers, and nationalists. Liberation Theology, Grandin argues, was the first "political religion" that the New Right squared off against, uniting secular nationalists and conservative Christians.

All of George W. Bush's abuses of power -the manipulation of intelligence and the media, torture in the name of freedom, the illegal wiretaps, and the surveillance of antiwar activists - have their most immediate antecedents in Reagan's Central American policy, which in retrospect has to be understood as the first battle in the New Right's crusade to rollback restrictions placed on the imperial presidency in the wake of Vietnam, Watergate, and other scandals of the 1970s.

The road to war in Iraq, Grandin argues, can be traced back to the 1970's and 1980's, when an increasingly internationalist New Right turned to Latin America to avenge Vietnam, and in so doing rehabilitated militarism as a legitimate instrument of state and made free-market capitalism the moral core of American purpose abroad.

 
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