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Climate of Fear: The Quest for Dignity in a Dehumanized World

Climate of Fear The Quest for Dignity in a Dehumanized World In this new book developed from the prestigious Reith Lectures Nobel Prize winning author Wole Soyinka a courageous advocate for human rights around the world considers fear as the dominant theme i

  • Title: Climate of Fear: The Quest for Dignity in a Dehumanized World
  • Author: Wole Soyinka
  • ISBN: 9780812974249
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this new book developed from the prestigious Reith Lectures, Nobel Prize winning author Wole Soyinka, a courageous advocate for human rights around the world, considers fear as the dominant theme in world politics.Decades ago, the idea of collective fear had a tangible face the atom bomb Today our shared anxiety has become far complex and insidious, arising fromIn this new book developed from the prestigious Reith Lectures, Nobel Prize winning author Wole Soyinka, a courageous advocate for human rights around the world, considers fear as the dominant theme in world politics.Decades ago, the idea of collective fear had a tangible face the atom bomb Today our shared anxiety has become far complex and insidious, arising from tyranny, terrorism, and the invisible power of the quasi state As Wole Soyinka suggests, the climate of fear that has enveloped the world was sparked long before September 11, 2001 Rather, it can be traced to 1989, when a passenger plane was brought down by terrorists over the Republic of Niger From Niger to lower Manhattan to Madrid, this invisible threat has erased distinctions between citizens and soldiers we re all potential targets now.In this seminal work, Soyinka explores the implications of this climate of fear the conflict between power and freedom, the motives behind unthinkable acts of violence, and the meaning of human dignity Fascinating and disturbing, Climate of Fear is a brilliant and defining work for our age.

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    1. The Preliminaries:Two Responses post 9/11: "You are either with us and against the terrorists, or you are on the side of the terrorists. We do not require the world's approval since we are divinely guided." - George Bush"The world is now clearly divided into two - the world of the followers of Islam against that of infidels an unbelievers." - Osama bin LadenThe world lives in the Climate of Fear today.No one knows when the terrorist would strike and how effective his/her action would be. Equally [...]

    2. Soyinka has been called one of "The Three" outstanding figures in modern African literature (the others being Chinua Achebe - also from Nigeria - and Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, of Kenya. If it were up to me, I would include Cheikh Hamidou Kane, from Senegal, as Fourth). As such, I thought it would be worth seeing what he had to say about the world's current state of affairs ("Climate" was published in '05). I was right.The author makes a convincing case against extremists of both the political and relig [...]

    3. The lectures that make up this book encourage the reader to seek to assess current situations as accurately as possible and not be cowered by "the guilt-ridden avoidance language of political correctness."

    4. Reminiscent of Tariq Ali's writing; it is certainly more poetry than politics. Soyinka certainly knows how to turn his phrase, but reading this book makes the reader wonder what his point is beyond imperialism is bad and so are fear and xenophobia.

    5. Nobel author delves into why the world must refocus our attention on establishing human dignity and freedom of expression as the core of human community life for the individual and state. Assigned reading in one of my courses.

    6. Soyinka is a supreme moralist, though the lecture format makes these essays somewhat meandering and unfocused at times. However, these are potent secular sermons, especially the final two, and should not be read in one sitting.

    7. Some words are enough to create the climate of fear by themselves and in his genius work Soyinka underlined many of them. I strongly recommend this book for those who would like to see the world in detail.

    8. One of the best things I've read on the state of our anxiety in the world today and the manipulation and use of power to dominate and control the lives of others.

    9. An awesome series of lectures discussing the dynamic of power and freedom, and the meaning of human dignity. Invaluable insight into the political landscape of our world. Highly recommended.

    10. again another duo of books that were great to read together - added more to each. wole soyinka and bringhurst.

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