Preempting Dissent - The Politics of an Inevitable Future

Preempting Dissent

The Politics of an Inevitable Future

By Greg Elmer, & Andy Opel
Subjects: Political Science
Series: Semaphore
Paperback : 9781894037341, 88 pages, November 2008
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The legacy of the Bush administration and its "War on Terror" includes a new logic of surveillance, suppressing public dissent and mobilizing both "fear" and "faith." In this accessible book, Elmer and Opel show that this new logic stretches well beyond the realm of airport security and international relations into everyday police techniques, including the use of Tasers, the deployment of "stealth" crowd control, the zoning of protestors and the suppression of public dissent. Drawing on social theories and media analyses, this book reveals the underlying "logic of preemption" whereby threats must be eliminated before they materialize. By addressing the implications of this new logic, Elmer and Opel lay the groundwork for more effective resistance.