Book Discussion on The Rockets' Red Glare
Richard J. Barnet discussed his book The Rockets' Red Glare: When America Goes to War, the Presidents and the People. The author examined… read more
Richard J. Barnet discussed his book The Rockets' Red Glare: When America Goes to War, the Presidents and the People. The author examined the role of public opinion in presidential administrations from George Washington to Ronald Reagan. The premise of the book is that war is “the great test of democracy.” Mr. Barnet was concerned about the role of the public in foreign policy decisions, especially in the changing “post-Cold War” world. The author discussed differences between his theories and those of Walter Lippman, whose early writings warned of the constraints of public opinion on leaders' decision making. He also discussed the relationship between journalists, scholars, and politicians in “propagandizing” the public.
Barnet described the Institute for Policy Studies, which he co-founded in 1963. He talked about the lack of political dialogue by politicians and the public leading to passivity in responding to changes in the world. close
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